It was about 4:00 in the afternoon when I entered the nearby church. I had just wanted to pop in for a quick visit and say hello to the Lord, to thank him for my day and hopefully find a little refreshment for my soul while I was there.
Once inside, I noticed a group of young children gathered together. They were in the pews up front situated close to the statue of Our Blessed Mother; they looked to be about eight years old and appeared to be very well behaved.
A woman, who I thought might be their C.C.D. teacher, was leading them in song, an old time classic and one of my favorites, “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. When they got to the verse, “if you want joy you must SHOUT for it”, they bellowed as loudly as they could. And when they sang, “if you want joy you must JUMP for it”, they bounced up and down like little rabbits.
It looked like they had received the joy they were singing for, I know I sure did!
Joy, it is a small word with a big impact. Once you receive joy you can’t hold on to it; it cannot be contained. Joy must be shared. It is contagious and it leads us to a spirit of gratitude and praise. Joy frees us to receive grace.
When I think back to visit at the church that day, I can’t help but think of how appropriate it was that the children were gathered close by the statue of Our Blessed Mother, for she is the cause of our joy because she has brought us the greatest joy, her son Jesus.
On July 25, 2013, Our Lady of Medjugorje, gave this message to Marija. This message was meant to be shared with the whole world.
“Dear children! With joy in my heart I call you to live your faith and to witness it with your heart and by your example in every way. Decide, little children, to be far from sin and temptation and may there be joy and love for holiness in your hearts. I love you, little children, and accompany you with my intercession before the Most High. Thank you for responding to my call.”
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us, that we may experience the joy of you have brought us in your son Jesus.