This one was hard to start, because I had to go back to “A” and Attitude. My attitude this weekend was kind of stinky, not the attitude of Christ, not accepting of the crosses or mere inconveniences. Things that I thought were in place were not in place and I was irritated. I didn’t have the attitude of Jesus, wasn’t in the mood to offer it up. I chose to grumbling and B*#@! instead. I kept telling myself to stop it and be grateful and thankful but whatever was under my skin didn’t allow it. Sometimes it is hard to be human when I know in my head that Jesus Joy is the right attitude, but they say the longest distance in the world is from the head to the heart. My heart was in need of an attitude adjustment.
This weekend the Church celebrated the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, the source and summit of our faith. Jesus who feeds us on the journey. Jesus who gives us Joy. Yet there is a temptation to go to the dark side inside of the light. Feeding on Jesus’ word and on Eucharist is the armor needed to stay in Joy, at least to bring me back to Joy.
Note to self: Just focus on Jesus Joy (in need of further reflection).
Joy and Peace
Rejoice– in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoice greatly in the Lord that now at last you revived your concern for me. You were, of course, concerned about me but lacked an opportunity. Not that I say this because of need, for I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient. I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.
You Philippians indeed know that at the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, not a single church shared with me in an account of giving and receiving, except you alone. For even when I was at Thessalonica you sent me something for my needs, not only once but more than once. It is not that I am eager for the gift; rather, I am eager for the profit that accrues to your account. I have received full payment and I abound. I am very well supplied because of what I received from you through Epaphroditus, “a fragrant aroma,” an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.