Where did the joy disappear?

Christ is risen, Hallelujah!

Death does not have the last word, and our whole life has taken on a new meaning. The resurrection of Christ sheds new light on all our problems, difficulties, worries, pain, suffering, torment, and, ultimately, the end of this earthly life. Now we know – we are sure, death is not the end, but it is the beginning of something new, better, more beautiful and more complete. Moreover, from our fragmented scattering of life, we can finally step, by the resurrection of Christ, into wholeness of wholeness – into the embrace of the heavenly Father. This wholeness, as it is in its fullness, is impossible to comprehend by human mind. Yet this wholeness is here, among us, and shines with the Light everlasting and indestructible.

Are we aware of this? Do we believe firmly and completely in this mystery of the resurrection? Is there a true joy in us, or was this joy a one-off and limited only to the Sunday of the resurrection of the Lord? Have we forgotten what the Risen One has told to us? And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time (Mt 28:20). Do we believe these words? Do we believe in the incarnate Word (Logos)?

Looking at the situation around me – life in quarantine – and especially talking to various people (live or via mobile phone and internet), I wonder the following: “Where did the joy disappeared?” By uttering this question, I am referring to the disappearance of the true joy that should radiate from the faces of all Catholics, especially in this time. I tried to find that true joy, but I didn’t have too much success. It was as if she had become shy and hid somewhere. On the other hand, when I did find her, she didn’t seem honest with me. Can true joy have two faces? Can it be artificial and false? We can pretend to be joyful and we can play happy people, but what kind of life is that? None, that’s a lie! We can put on a mask of a smiling face, but our eyes betray us. And how to live with the mask of a false smile on while in our chest the heart is melting from pain? Who are we cheating on – others or ourselves? Is not lie incompatible with the truth of Christianity?

Who stole our true joy? Why did we allow ourselves to be seduced? We stumbled on the first step, stopped at the first obstacle. Instead of dancing and jumping for joy, we tremble with fear and worry. There is no room for fear, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment and no one who is afraid has come to perfection in love (1 John 4:18). And the perfect Love was tortured and crucified, but He was resurrected! We can put all the worries of the world on one side of the spiritual scales, but only love on the opposite, and then love will prevail, because love conquers all. Then, out of perfect love, true joy will begin to flow and, through us, soak the whole world.

So let’s not lose faith! We wake up from the numbness caused by the current situation and bring true joy back to our hearts. Because, what is a Catholic without joy? A tree that withers. And we know that such a tree does not bear fruit. And finally, let’s remember Jesus’ words: You are light for the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven (Mt 5: 14-16).

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1 Comment on Where did the joy disappear?

  1. Francis Iawphniaw | 19/04/2020 at 20:18 | Reply

    Amen my friend, Amen.

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