13 Dec

APOSTLES OF JOY

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A sad Christian is a sad Christian that does not motivate or encourage anyone to live is a Christian manner. Today we celebrate “Gaudete” Sunday, which means happiness. St. Paul tells us in the second reading, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” The first words that the angel says to Mary are, “Hail, full of grace” (Luke 1, 18). Love, in all its genuine expressions, is the true generator of happiness. Only one who is loved and loves truly knows joy. The Bible tells us joy is the fruit of the

Holy Spirit, that is why the saints are the happiest beings. Holiness creates authentic happiness. In life and in a city where joy is lacking, it’s because holiness is missing. There is a Scottish proverb that says, “A smile costs less than electricity and gives much more light”. One task profoundly Christian is to spread that light; there is so much darkness in our world. We should be Apostles of joy!

St. Paul the Apostle does not limit himself to giving a commandment to be happy, but he also indicates how a community should behave if it wants to give testimony to happiness and to make it credible to others, he says: “Your kindness should be known to all,” that is to say, be nice and generous with eve- rybody. O WHAT SHOULD WE DO? During this time of Ad- vent, recall the image of John the Baptist, who was asked how people should proceed and he would invite them to a sincere conversion: To the rich he would say: “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none, and whoever has food should do likewise.” To the tax collectors he said, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” To the soldiers he said, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone…”

We begin our conversion when we demonstrate with our actions that we are kind and generous in sharing the blessings of God in our lives. Those that have the economic means should review their spending at the end of the year, in the face of the hungry and the presence of the destitute. If we belong to the industrial world, justice demands that we promote and pay fair wages to our employees. If we are in telecommunications, our vocation should be to denounce the bad, speak the truth and work for the pursuit of solutions.

Are we educators? Let us educate our youth so they can contribute to a world that is just, beautiful and joyful. Are we professionals in the sciences? Let us place our technical skills at the service of all men and women, particularly those that are the neediest. And those in government? They should promote programs that favor the poor and exclude per- sonal or partisan benefits. If we are priests? Preach Christ, not just with words but with our lives. If we are parents? Educate your children well, be examples of good life. Show them faith in God and the values to coexist with others. And if we are stu- dents? Be serious about your studies and enjoy learning so that you are well prepared to assume the responsibilities of a better society. Let us make this world one of great joy!

Blessings,

Rev. Wilson Cuevas, Pastor

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