How do we use words everyday toshow we're peopleof faith? Do we respond to help in kindness, or thrash out at others? When it comes to those things that should bring us joy, are we joyful, or do we look at the world in a pit of despair? Early mornings can slowly kill you after a while. I know for myself, waking up before 5 most days can drag on, affect my moods and potentially those around me. It's important, however, to look at the world from a positive light, to take in every moment, especially the things that normally bring you joy.
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"'(Luke 1:39-45).
In today's Gospel we hear the story of Elizabeth and Mary and the blessing she gives Mary when she arrives. She adores her, how dedicated she is to following God's will and the miracle within her womb. If we could express joy the way Elizabeth does, wouldn't the world be happier, so many people would get along better. It would be aid and praise over gossip and despair. Take some time to ask God to help you be joyful like Elizabeth, and use joy in every situation.
Today's prayer comes from 'Positive Christianity' a prayer for God's Happiness in me:
Dear God, I pray for happiness. I pray that I have a cheerful heart. I pray that others are drawn to my happy smile, my positive attitude, and my face that shines with joy. Dear God, I know that you have created me and everyone else to be happy, to find joy and laughter in the different stages and experiences of life. I pray that I express You in my expression of joy. A cheerful heart is a continual feast. My outlook is positive, and I feel happy. My life is a banquet of uplifting experiences. I feel so good as I release the joy of God from within. I express God's eternal, loving presence within me. I pray, daily, that my cheerful heart up lifts me, and brings joy to everyone around me. In Jesus Christ's name� Amen