Christians celebrate ‘Rejoice Sunday’ today

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Fr Noren Joseph Baidya:

People of the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, Lutheran Churches and other mainline Protestant churches have been observing the third Sunday of the Advent season in the liturgical calendar as the ‘Rejoice Sunday’ for years.

It is the day of great joy, a season of joyful expectation for the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. We are called to rejoice always, Joy every day of our lives.

However, the source of joy is Jesus Christ at first, while the second source is ‘other’ and thirdly the other source of joy is ‘self’. JOY: J= Jesus O= other Y= you.

Popular Christmas Song: Joy to the world, the lord comes, joy to the world, the Savior reigns. We must not forget authentic happiness in God. He is the source of our Joy. Jesus brought joy hope through his birth in Bethlehem.

The image of Joy in a Biblical Point of view: What is Joy?

The prophet Isiah exhorts Israel to rejoice because the Lord himself is coming to bring salvation to his people, His presence will put an end to oppression, and He will restore justice on earth. St Paul exhorts the Philippians: Rejoice in the Lord always! I shall say it again rejoice (Phil 4: 4-5).

Three steps Plan to Achieve Joy in our Hearts. St Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24: 1. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks retain what is good and refrain from every kind of evil.

Acts 20:35: It is more blessed to give than to Receive. So, let us give, share with others what we have. We need to show our concern, mercy & compassion to others who are needy.

Some questions:
• Are we happy and joyful with our lives?
• We are seeking happiness joy in the wrong place and directions?
• What makes you excited in your heart?
• When we do lose interior joy?
• What to do to be truly happy here on earth?
• Do you witness the joy of the Gospel to those around you?
• Is joy really possible in the midst of pains and suffering?
• What is inner deeper joy – everlasting joy?
• Do we daily encounter with people leave a lasting impression of joy and peace in them?

Be a beacon of Joy. “Shout for joy! Sing Joyfully! Be glad and exult with all your heart.
Pope Francis said: “A long-faced Christian is not a good witness.” Joy is the most basic form of Evangelization.

When we have money, We can buy medicine not health We can buy food not good test or appetite We can buy a nice apartment but not happiness We can buy nice bed but not sound sleep We can buy a bright diamond ring but not happy married life We can buy nice gifts but not sacrificial friendship

Thus by our money or wealth, we may buy anything or many things but not everlasting joy. Only Jesus may give us everlasting joy.