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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2015

A JOYFUL SURPRISE

There is a Peanuts comic strip I enjoy depicting Charlie Brown who asks Linus what he wants to be when he grows up. Linus replies, “Outrageously happy!”

This is what Jesus wants for us. Our Gospel, and in fact, so many of the Biblical authors speak to this. Sirach gives counsel on labour, wealth and life: My child, treat yourself well, according to your means… Do not deprive yourself of the day’s enjoyment” (Sir 14:11, 14)

Life is meant to be enjoyed – that is what it means to live in the love of God. How many different ways has Pope Francis essentially told us that a sad Christian is a bad Christian?

Remain in my love, keep my commandments. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. But joy is more than just happiness.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter (Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17)

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