“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”

Today’s very short gospel passage (Jn 15:9-11) picks up where we left off yesterday as we systematically work through this chapter.  Here, Jesus expresses His love for us as He is loved by the Father.  We remain in that love by keeping the commandments.  Jesus closes with the line above.  Complete joy is a wonderful thought, isn’t it?  All of us can recall certain times, maybe a great conversation with a friend, an intimate moment with a spouse, a beautiful nature scene, or some other wonderful event, when we wished that that moment of seemingly perfect bliss would never end.  But, alas, it does.  Our joys in this life are fleeting.  But Jesus promises us a joy that is permeating and unending.  While we are not promised joy on a natural level (Jesus Himself has rightly been called “a man of sorrows”), we can strive to always have an inner joy and the hope of eternal happiness of which no external circumstance can deprive us.  How comforting a thought when our personal lives are in disarray and the world seems to be turned upside down.  We recently heard Jesus’ promise of peace.  Now we have the key to joy: loving the Word and keeping His word.  Let us never stop contemplating divine revelation and praying for the graces to love as He loves.

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