Joy to the World

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/17/2014

in Easter

The Resurrection of the Lord–Easter 
April 20, 2014

Joy to the World

Joy to the world
Rang out at the end of Advent
For the Lord had come.

Joy to the world
Rings out once more
For the Lord has risen!

Both seasons, Advent and Lent
Called us to patience and waiting.
Hope filled our hearts with longing.
We waited anticipating the joy of something (we didn’t know what!).

Surprise! Birth, Life, Death…sadness erased by Resurrection!

Jesus lived the Paschal Mystery in its total fullness committed to the Father’s will.
He went before us as a model of what it means to be Christian.

Surprise! Birth, Life, Death…sadness erased by our own Resurrection!
Learn the lessons of Gospel living.

  • Never lose peace in our pains.
  • Sinners can become saints.
  • Keep searching and you will find.
  • We are ambassadors of the Word.
  • Joy can sit with sorrow.

Joy to the world for

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
(Psalm 118:24 NIV)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why are patience and waiting so difficult for us?
  2. What is it that you hope for in life?
  3. Name an experience when you were surprised by God’s generosity.
  4. What kind of experience brings you much joy?
  5. How do you spread the peace and joy of Jesus?
  6. Where will you spread this joy and peace in the next 50 days of the season?

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