Leap for Joy
What makes your heart leap for joy? Is it moments of joy, perhaps in receiving a nice gift, or a surprise visit? I know for myself, I feel my heart leap in moments of love and joy sharing with those closest to me, and less when getting physical gifts. Do you find this same expression of joy when you go to mass? If our faith is what gears our every move and action, it should bring us the most joy, especially when receiving the body and blood of Christ. In that very moment, we remember the sacrifice of love Jesus made for us in bearing his cross, as well as the resurrection where he restored us to life. What could be more joyful than everlasting love and life in Christ?
Today's Gospel states:'In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home' (Luke 1:39-56).
When Mary went to see Elizabeth, her child left for joy at the sound of Mary's voice. She knew that Mary was special, that she was doing God's will in bearing Jesus, her son. In accepting Christ into our life, we should be filled with such joy, the kind that we are inspired to share and shout and dance. This is the kind of joy that makes a child leap in a woman's womb. Do you lead a joyful life that is inspired and guided by Christ's love? Take some time today to ask God to bring joy into your life, and seek it in Christ.
Today's prayer comes from 'living prayers' a prayer for happiness:
Father, Please help me to rest in your happiness, To allow a smile to linger on my lips, To dwell within a wonderful memory, To walk back through sunlit places. Please help me to awake with hope, To engage with life in all its variety, To take in the beauty of others joys, To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness. Please help me to sing with faith, To carry the truth close in my heart always, To rejoice at new life and To have peace as I age. Please help me to indulge in love To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy, To taste the kindness of friendship, To feel the warmth of embrace. Please help me not to miss A single drop of heaven, To catch each moment And drink in the great joy of life. Amen.