April 2, 2019

When we stop to acknowledge all of the blessings the Lord has given us, joy is inevitable. This week, Fr. Nicholas Schierer, UMW Alumnus (‘09), wrote for us a reflection describing the source of that joy and the gift that it is in our lives.

Joy is not like happiness which is based upon happenings or whether things are going well or not. No, joy remains even amidst the suffering. Joy is not happiness. Joy is an emotion that’s acquired by the anticipation, acquisition or even the expectation of something great or wonderful. It could be described as exhilaration, delight, sheer gladness, and can result from a great success or a very beautiful or wonderful experience like a wedding or graduation but the definition of joy that the world holds is not nearly as amazing as biblical joy but joy is also gift. There is joy in thanking God for the great gifts that He has given us. To realize that everything we are comes from a Heavenly Father who loves us. He has created us, each and everyone of us for a specific reason. He holds us in creation. God has given us the gift of life. In thanking Him for that gift as well as all of the talents and graces that He bestows upon us throughout our lives allows us to live more closer to Him. In living more closer to Him, we are more closely united to His love and grace. In having these gifts we have acquired something truly great and wonderful which can give us joy. In expressing gratitude for them, reminds us to treasure them and that we can lose them.

-Fr. Nick Schierer