God Desires Complete Joy for Us

Thursday’s Gospel reading is from John 15:9-11.

Does your life’s path lead you to joy?

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”

Last week I spoke about discernment for life decisions in all of the junior religion classes at Justin-Siena High School in Napa. I found the students to be receptive, engaged, and welcoming. It is always a pleasure to visit that school.

Among the things I share with the students is that we need to follow our passions when choosing our life’s path. What is it that gives us joy? If we choose that which gives us joy, we will find ourselves in the heart of God. And I use this very passage, “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.” I also always quote from Psalm 37, “Delight yourself in the Lord your God, and God will give you the desires of your heart.”

Our deepest desires, those that result in our joy being made complete, are God given. The challenge . . . the journey of our lives . . . is discovering or uncovering just what those deep desires are.

It’s never too early or too late to embark on that journey. And it’s a journey on which the One who desires our deepest joy walks with us.

7 Comments on “God Desires Complete Joy for Us

  1. Thank you for your reflection on joy and vocation. It reminded me of the F. Buechner’s quote, “The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” I posted on this for our community here, http://wp.me/p1e1iu-g6 Clearly you are sharing your joy with this blog.

  2. Thank you, John. As a matter of fact, I also always mention Buechner’s quote, and remind the students that if we find the thing that gives us joy, and for which we have the skills and talents to perform well, our joy will not be complete if what we do serves only ourselves and our own needs. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks, Sr. Pat! I needed a little encouragement on joy. That even when I’m feeling a little down, God wants joy for me.
    Also, I like the photo you included. Can you tell me where it was taken? Peace to you!

    • Hi Tony. I just realized my mistake. When I answered your question, I was thinking about the post I had just finished, which wasn’t set to go up until later. So. . . I am editing my response. The photo was taken on the campus of San Domenico School in San Anselmo, CA. This school was founded and is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters. Thanks for asking. And I hope you find a lovely place like this today to lift your spirits.

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  5. Thank you Sr. Pat. I came upon opreach site by chance. I enjoy your beautiful pictures and reflections, nature is a source of great joy for me. Be blessed

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