Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
The second reading just tells us the way it is today - not a suggestion from St. Paul but a command. Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks. What a timely reminder for us all, especially as we bear witness to our children and those around us during these stressful times. If you're like me you struggle with that. The whole idea of choosing joy. It's hard. Sometimes we just don't feel joyful, we struggle to find any joy at all in our day, week, or month. My grandma used to have a philosophy that while not necessarily biblical I think would be appreciated. She said, "you can wallow, you can feel sorry for yourself, you can be unhappy for a time, just don't LIVE there". That's what I remind my children. The command to Rejoice, pray and give thanks is necessary, but there will be times we are just having a rough go of things. That's ok. God understands! As long as we don't change our address from a place of joy to a place of doom and gloom we can lead others on the path to finding joy in all things, even when, especially when, it's hard!
No Gospel video this week - but in consolation check out this song by For King and Country - my kids love the video and the song - and wow does it ring true today!
This weekend also bring us great JOY in the celebration of 2 church feast days! The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and of St. Lucy! There is a great Formed.org movie on Our Lady and Juan Diego (Movie night anyone!)
Some things were sent home in the Domestic Church bags to help you celebrate both of these feast days - let me know what you decided to do as a family!