Week of 31 December 2018

Rejoice in the Lord always; I say it again, rejoice!

~ Philippians 4:4 ~

Far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are joyful and full of good humour. Though completely realistic, they radiate a positive and hopeful spirit. The Christian life is “joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17), for “the necessary result of the love of charity is joy; since every lover rejoices at being united to the beloved… the effect of charity is joy”.[99] Having received the beautiful gift of God’s word, we embrace it “in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess 1:6). If we allow the Lord to draw us out of our shell and change our lives, then we can do as Saint Paul tells us: “Rejoice in the Lord always; I say it again, rejoice!” (Phil 4:4).

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate 122



As we prepare to

begin a new year,

help us to rejoice

in all the gifts

you have given us.

Help us to

be grateful

and to

look forward

to the future

with hope.



Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by Matthew Charlesworth SJ