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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Joy of the Gospel is Jesus Christ

He is the beginning and at the heart of the Gospel, and is the source of its joy. Pope Francis writes:

3. I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.[1] The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”.

This character of constant and available renewal is, I think, a key quality of the Gospel when one considers that we are not static in our lives. Having recourse to mercy, access to healing, hence a new dawn after each dark night, fits right in with the human process of learning from our mistakes, wiser and stronger at each rising from every fall.

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