John said, 'I am, as Isaiah prophesied: A voice of one that cries in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord. Make his paths straight!' - Gospel, John 1:23
Many people today search for pleasures in life to make them happy, but find that it does not bring them joy. Some do not even know why they are unhappy or disconnected. When God is not at the centre, we lose our purpose in life. We lose this Joy!
For St John the baptist, his conviction to prepare the way derives from God: "The Joy of the Lord is my strength"
Joy is a commitment. In our family/marriage/relationship/ministry, to have joy in each other requires effort on our part to communicate with each other.
If our houses are like war-zones breeding with strive and conflict, how can we have joy. Then we come to church, and it is difficult to maintain this joyful facade even if we try.
We need to forgive one another at home, to be committed and persistent in communicating and talking to one another. We need to put our differences aside, come before God together and pray as a family. - Excerpts from Fr Gregory's Homily - 16/12/17