Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Acts 15:7-21 | Ps. 96:1-3, 10 | John 15:9-11

Jesus continues to tell His apostles of the depth of His love for them. He continues to exhort them to live in love and to keep His commandments. He continues with the promise that He has taught them these things so that His joy might be in them and that their joy might be complete. Think about what it means to be filled with God’s joy, not the joy of the world but God’s joy. How great would be the depth of our love if we allowed God’s joy to be in us! The promise is that this joy would be complete. How wonderful it would be if each of us experienced the fullness of joy that Christ is promising. Yet, that is what the promise is.

Stop today to think about what keeps you from experiencing Christ’s joy. Is it the desire to be great, to earn a great deal of money, to have all the riches the world promises? When you find out the area that gets in the way, bring it to God and ask for the grace to let it go. Remember that change takes time. Persevere and you will find your joy increased.

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