Verses for The Great Fifty Days
Day 30 in Easter
I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
We don’t really think about Jesus as joyful. We see him as dedicated. We see him as compassionate. We see him standing firm against hostile opponents. But joyful isn’t the first thought that comes to mind.
But if this is a man in perfect communion with the author of life, if this is the incarnate Word through whom this rich and abundant world came into being, if this is the living bread whose word sets creation free, if this is the breath of God who saves a wedding by turning water into the finest wine, then there is joy here. Joy like the exquisite bloom of alpine flowers in the spring, joy like the thunderous waterfalls that dot our planet, joy like the crystal clear lakes, the majestic mountains, the brilliant parrots, the cavorting sea otters, the moments of pure joy with young children in the arms of their grandparents. If this man is the water of life, the reconciliation of all things, the good shepherd who lays down his life and takes it up again never to be contained by the grave, then he is the embodiment of joy. His word is the source of joy. And he makes all our joy complete.
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