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April 18, 2021
Complete Joy
Complete Joy
And [Jesus] said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day…”
Luke 24:46

When you reminisce about your life, isn’t there a mixture of both joyful and sorrowful memories that flow through your mind? It was Jesus’ will to share fully in human life, and so both joys and sorrows were a part of his life too. But the final experience of Jesus’ life was joy. Suffering and crucifixion gave way to the resurrection, and his resurrection brought an ecstatic joy that would last without end.

What happened to Jesus will also happen to us. Jesus told us that he was going to prepare a place for us, so that where he was, we also would be. We are destined to share in Jesus’ resurrected life. In that new life, our joy will no longer be partial or temporary.

Our joy will be ecstatic and eternal. And as our love and knowledge of God and God’s creation continue to grow, so will our joy! This life is good, but there is even greater goodness yet to come. Think about how magnificent that will be!

- Fr. Kenneth Grabner, C.S.C.

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 • Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9 1 John 2:1-5a • Luke 24:35-48

Comments

April 18, 2021 at 02:11 PM

Amen.

April 18, 2021 at 11:06 AM

May God provide you eternal peace Fr. Grabner

April 18, 2021 at 09:27 AM

Fulfillment of the scriptures have taken place, let us open our eyes to his truth and believe. If we believe then we will keep his commandments. Let us remember today that Christ died for us, our sins, repent from our sinful ways and give thanks be to God. Dear Jesus, continue to open my eyes to your Holy Scriptures, so that I may continue not only grow within, but to be able to share confidently with others your Holy Word, I pray, Amen. Continued prayers for our Living Faith Family and all of the ones who have no one to pray for them and for all of the souls in Purgatory that they may see the face of Christ today in Heaven, we pray, Amen.

Kjc
April 18, 2021 at 04:18 PM

Tim as always I love your comments. Thank you for remembering Kathy in your prayers. I asked Kathy and she said watch him 5 days a week and then watch the other three grandchildren the other two. Bonnie L you are correct the holy spirit did guide me thanks for your prayers. Bill L thanks for reminding me about St Joseph my middle name kjc. Living faith family please pray for the essential workers and their families and the souls in purgatory and the people who have no one to pray for them. I am not a robot. Ken

April 18, 2021 at 06:47 AM

Amen :)

April 18, 2021 at 06:29 AM

Amen, Fr Kenneth, great reflection!

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