As we begin the month of April, we are invited to reflect on a new focus, Joy – Pass It On. Joy is such a simple word which has a deep meaning and offers an intense experience. Joy is rooted in our hearts and is God’s grace present in our lives. It is one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Joy has been described as the positive and cheerful outlook of a person. A joyful attitude is one that we experienced on Easter Sunday as we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord. The ultimate gift of the love of the Father for us was shown in the life and death of Jesus. Jesus’ words to Mary on Easter morning were “Fear not.” These were the same words that the angel spoke to the disciples at the empty tomb, “Fear not.” Our God wants us to know of His love for us and trust in that love. Joy is the natural response to knowing that we are loved and with that knowledge comes a call to action… to give that joy to others unselfishly.
As we prepare for class trips, class liturgies, the Spring Show, the McCoy 5k Run/Walk, and so many other events, let us enter each one with hearts filled with joy. Let us share the joy that we carry deep within as we walk side by side with others. Our “passing on” of joy will become a reality when others experience God’s presence in us.
Can we choose to walk gently during these remaining months of school and touch joyfully the lives of those who walk with us? Can we model that for our children?
A simple family practice that can transform our lives is to reflect together on the good things that happened in our day. What people and things touched our day and allowed us to be filled with joy? It is easy to spread discontent and yet, so much more rewarding to spread joy. Our world needs joyful people to witness to God’s presence daily. We are called to be those joyful people who will create a better future for our children.
With love and joy,
Maureen Gillespie Amy Lintner