Week of 07 January 2019

Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!

~ Nehemiah 8:10 ~

The prophets proclaimed the times of Jesus, in which we now live, as a revelation of joy. “Shout and sing for joy!” (Is 12:6). “Get you up to a high mountain, O herald of good tidings to Zion; lift up your voice with strength, O herald of good tidings to Jerusalem!” (Is 40:9). “Break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people, and he will have compassion on his afflicted” (Is 49:13). “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he” (Zech 9:9). Nor should we forget Nehemiah’s exhortation: “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (8:10).

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate 123

 

Lord,

Help me to be a

prophet of your

Good News.

Help me to sing

your praises

and save me

from complaining.

Lord, give me your

gifts of gratitude

and hope.

Amen.

 

Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by Matthew Charlesworth SJ