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Thursday, May 18, 2023

“Rejoice in the Lord always” Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I shall say it again rejoice!  Your kindness should be known to all.  The Lord is near.  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make known your request to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:4-7).  The Catholic Answer Bible, NAB.

“The Lord is near.”  This refers to parousia most commonly.  If there is a feeling of God’s coming, it may mean a surge of joy in the faithful’s heart.  Although it may also allude to God’s presence!  God is omnipresent.  It seems to be contradictory if one is full of grief when he or she fully knows that God pervades everything.  What is the reason for your sadness?  Well, this really is an ideal situation!  Especially at this time of pandemic and uncertainty.  This is the test for the faithful.  “All will be well” is not at all a cliche.  Rather, it is a statement of a true lover of God; an inherent state of mind and heart of a true believer in Christ.  It maybe incomprehensible for non-believers.  Hence, it is necessary to make them aware of God’s love, mercy and eternal presence by the empowerment of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Praise God Almighty!  In the mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.

Cynthia Abegail

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