“Overwhelmed with Joy”
We are all on pilgrimage; we are all on a journey. Whether we know it or not and whether we acknowledge it or not, the goal of the pilgrimage and the journey is Jesus Christ.
There will come a day—thank you, God—when we will know Jesus Christ fully and freely; we look forward to reaching that ultimate goal and we anticipate the great joy that will accompany it.
It is the case, though, that we know Jesus and are known by him and that we love Jesus and are loved by him in every moment all along the way—help us to acknowledge and to appreciate the joy that is ours in the experience of such knowledge and love in the routine and in the ordinary.
Forgive us for our sometimes immaturity that causes us to hold out for the joy that accompanies the spectacular.
On the other hand, forgive our sometimes inattention that causes to miss the spectacular and the joy that accompanies it.
Cause us to be, both when our encounters with Jesus are in the realm of the routine and in the realm of the spectacular, overwhelmed with joy.
“When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy” (Matthew 2:9-10).