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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Zephaniah 3:16-18

Joy in God’s Love

God’s Joy in Our Presence

As we move from the celebration of Thanksgiving and move toward the season of Advent, we celebrate of joy in the arrival of the light of the world. These verses foretell the coming of Jesus, God as man among us. They describe the kind of joy God feels to be with us. I wish I could remember to rely more on God’s joy. I wish I could give more thanks for God’s joy. I wish I could bring more of God’s joy to others. 

From a Meditation by Father Maurice Zundel (a Swiss mystic, poet, philosopher, liturgist, and author who died in 1975) in MAGNIFICAT: “Who would refuse God, in the name of autonomy, if he came to see, in the silence of his own self, that such a refusal is in reality a refusal to be one’s own origin?  This refusal deprives our inviolability, our dignity, and our freedom of any kind of foundation and meaning.” 

When we determine to strike out on our own, may we remember the joy we have felt in God’s presence. When we choose to declare our human wisdom greater than God’s, may we remember that our lives are testimony to the joy we might experience in God’s presence. When we decide that our plans bear best fruit when placed in God’s hands, may we remember that we are created from stardust and God’s love. 

Who would walk away from such a lover? Ask God for your heart’s desire, because with God all things are possible (Luke 18:27).

Adapted from a reflection written on July 27, 2007.

Image from: https://heartinspirations.ca/2016/11/19/in-your-presence-is-fullness-of-joy/

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