Rejoice in the Lord

Dear friends: Saint Paul, writing from prison to the Philippians, says, “rejoice in the Lord”. Joy is not the absence of suffering, but the absorption of suffering. If we wish to have real lasting joy we need to look at the three letters that make up the word JOY. The letter J stands for Jesus. If we want joy, Jesus must come first. We must give Him the best and the first place in our lives and make Him the centre of all that we are. The second letter O stands for others. Our family, our neighbors, and friends form the second circle. We love them, serve them, care for them, and help them. We get joy only when we give it. The last letter Y, stands for You. When we think of ourselves last we experience joy. When we recall and remember the times we experienced joy we will realize that was when we thought of ourselves last. Therefore, in the midst of busy preparations for Christmas let us not forget to give Christ first place.

I request you to try to bring a friend to Christmas service here; will enhance your joy of Christmas.

Fr.  Jerome Mascarenhas

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