Monday, October 25, 2010
A Homeless Man is Filled with Joy!
OK. I'll admit. The title is a twist.
But in this time of high unemployment, severe financial stress, massive foreclosures, and general discontent, I wanted to highlight something.
Jesus was homeless.
Jesus was unemployed.
He lived entirely off of donations.
He had no retirement plan.
He had no cash reserves.
In today's reading we read that He was full of joy.
21 "At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.
22 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. 24 I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”
Let's disconnect the relationship between money and joy.
And experience the joy of the Holy Spirit.
Which comes, not from comfort, security or circumstances.
But from God.