​The Lord’s Joy Because of You

Grace to you!  

I’m ecstatic to read God’s word in the Gospel of Luke 10:21. “In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said: ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to infants; Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.’” (Lk 10:21)

It warmed my heart to realize the Blessed Lord Jesus is excited when someone understands or grasps the gift of his revelation.

So you know, the Greek word used in the above text to describe the joy the Lord felt is egalliasato. It has a sense of someone who is excited and full of exultation and joy for seeing a loved one, such as a child, win. 

Think about a situation where you watch your child in kindergarten or high school, or even college, play his or her first baseball for the school. Imagine the kind of excitement you’ll have if your child hits a home run that decides the game. It’s comparable, in its highest form, to the Joy Jesus felt.  

Or the excitement of watching your humbling child, whom you thought would never make it through college, graduate in flying colors. I would love for you to think about that very moment and that kind of joy. It isn’t even close to what Jesus felt. 

Did you also notice that the Lord referenced God the Father, and the Holy Spirit was also mentioned? “Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said: “I thank you, Father…” Thus, it is a joy that is complete, a joy which has three divine persons’ participation, a Trinitarian Joy. 

Imagine that the Joy Jesus feels is the Trinitarian joy for you and me. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit share in the joy when we come to believe in Jesus as Lord. It reminds me of the parable of the lost sheep and lost coin in the Gospel of Luke 15 when Jesus tells us that there is great joy in heaven when a person welcomes the grace of conversion. 

Consider this: God is excited when we discover him and his plans—his revelation is made clearer to us—and we have faith in him as Lord.  There is joy when we know Jesus as the truth, our hope, and salvation. There is an abundant joy when we participate in the work of God, and our names written in the Book of Life. 

Isn’t this a wonderful thing to be aware that God is excited about the believer? It should stir in our heart sentiments of gratitude. It is gratitude to God, who has given us the grace to relate with him as a friend and a brother in Christ. Our hearts should be filled with joy when we connect the dots of divine conversation and be part of the work of bearing witness to Christ. 

We ask the Good Lord to open our hearts to see more and more; connect more and more with the life he has given through Christ. May God fill our hearts with joy, and may our joy be complete. Amen. 

God love you.  God bless you.

Fr. Maurice Emelu 

[Saturday Week 26 Ordinary Time: Job 42:1-3,5-6, 12-17; Luke 10:17-24]

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Fr. Maurice Emelu

The Reverend Dr. Maurice Emelu is a media scholar, theologian, author, and a visiting assistant professor of communication at John Carroll University, USA. He is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu in Nigeria and the founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, USA.

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