Thought for the day

(The thought for the day is based on the Mass readings for the day)

“So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” John 16:22

Joy is one of the gifts of the Kingdom provided by the Holy Spirit. As we approach the feast of the Ascension, let us reflect on how elusive the gift of joy can be. Has the virus and the lockdown robbed you of your joy? But nothing is supposed to be able to take away our joy. Is it perhaps that we surrender our joy during times of trial? Why is that?