For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
When I read this passage, the thing that sticks out to me is the word “joy.” It challenges me to let go of the things that bring me down in life, like stress from school or work. If I take a moment to find the joy in everything God has made, like my family and friends, I may forget about all the stress, just like the passage says.
I think the main message in this is to find joy in every single aspect of life, including the lowest points. In such a busy world full of work, stress, and distractions, finding joy can be one of the hardest things to do. That’s why God invites us into a new world where we can forget about all this and live in his happiness. In this world, God invites us to spend more time with him, to find time to spend with our family, to live out our vocation as best as we can, and to live life to the fullest in God’s love.
Where will you find your joy? Will it be in your friends and family? Your schoolwork or job? Will you be able to find God in every aspect of your life? God is always inviting us to be filled with his joy.
– Kyle McEnery and Kyle Zoellner are members of the Freshman Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.
Holy God, you give the world new life
through our observance of Lent.
May we grow in your life
and continue to receive your help on earth. Amen.
—adapted from the Roman Sacramentary
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