Mass Reading & Meditation for August 3, 2013
Meditation: Leviticus 25:1,8-17
Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“It shall be a jubilee for you. (Leviticus 25:11)”
Here’s a simple observation: Joy doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It always flows as a response to something else. Looking at today’s first reading, we can easily see Israel’s source of joy. Each Jubilee year, God decreed that all Hebrew slaves were to be freed. All property was to be restored to its original owners. And the farmers and their land were to enjoy a season of rest. Can you imagine the joy of so many people celebrating nation-wide freedom, peace, and restoration?
So what’s our source for joy? For us, it’s the Spirit dwelling within us—the Spirit who tells us of our freedom in Christ, the Spirit who brings us into the presence of our heavenly Father.
Think of joy as waves of God’s own pleasure and delight washing over you. According to the Scriptures, God is incredibly joyful. His waves can lift us up even in the midst of the hardest and most difficult of circumstances we face. It’s a joy we can tap into whenever we pray, because Jesus has already told us that he wants to fill us with his joy (John 15:11).
At the same time, joy isn’t just a feeling. It’s also a decision on our part to God to be thankful, to be positive, and to keep our focus on the way God’s salvation is unfolding in our. It’s a call to stay rooted in the Lord and to remain thankful for all that he has done in our lives. It’s an invitation to celebrate all that he’s doing right now. And it’s a reminder of all that he is going to do in the future. This is encouraging news, because if joy was just a feeling, it might come and go at any moment, like the wind. But it’s so much more.
So come and share in your master’s joy today (Matthew 25:23). Even though you’ve never seen him, you can love him. And even though you don’t see him now, you do believe in him. And for those two reasons alone you can rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy. You are attaining “the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9)!
“Lord Jesus, you came to anoint me with the oil of joy. Let it flow into every part of my life.”
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7-8; Matthew 14:1-12