“Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again:
The Nativity of the Lord — Philippians 4:4-5
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.”
The theme of joy is frequent in the letter to the Philippians. St. Paul calls his brothers and sisters from the young and successful community in Philippi his “joy and crown” (4:1).
Jesus wants complete and full joy for us. But sometimes our joy is not complete because we wander away from the true Source of our joy and try to find it in the world. In other words, we try to find joy in all places apart from the Lord.
When we lose our peace and our joy or fail to share a joyful attitude, our job is simply to repent or turn back to God — who is the Source of our joy. The Lord is near to us. All it takes is for us to call on His Name and ask for His grace and mercy. When God’s joy flows through us, it will be much easier to be kind to the people in our lives and to achieve all that we are seeking to achieve.
This Christmas season, ask God to fill you with complete peace and joy.