THEME: JOY IS A GUARANTEE FOR GOD’S CHILDREN
The prime question one ponders on at the sight of this theme is: What is a guarantee? A guarantee is a pledge that a certain work will be done or that a product is durable. When one wants to entrust a work such as printing a book, the one who undertakes the work will ask for a guarantee. One has to pay a certain amount of money as a guarantee.
In the later years of Martin Luther, he became gloomy. And on one faithful day, his wife walked up to him at his study dressed in black to Luther’s wonderment. Martin then asked the question, who is dead? And she retorted, God is! Luther exclaimed: God! Why should you say a thing like that? And she said, because of your gloom.
There can be no place for gloom but joy in a Christian’s life. In Christian life, joy is not a luxury or an accessory, it’s a guarantee. This is the crux of St. Paul’s message to the People of Ephesus in the text of today: When we believed in God’s words and were baptized, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance, until we acquire the possession of it (cf. Photo. 1:13).
The Holy Spirit is the guarantee that those who have him now will possess eternal life after death. A guarantee is small in comparison with the actual payment. This is why, the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, etc., are only a foretaste of what we shall enjoy in the next life. Though Christians have their setbacks, sorrows and stern discipline, the end is not a burial or funeral, but the resurrection and a festival. Be cheerful, be happy, be thankful. Do not allow anyone steal your happiness and make you sad for joy is your guarantee.
GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY WEEKEND!