Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rejoice in the LORD always?

"Rejoice in the LORD always, and again I say rejoice," says St. Paul, but we ask, "How?" In this world of continued trouble and heartache, how can we afford to rejoice? It hurts too badly. It costs too much.

In reality, the only way we can rejoice is to rejoice together because rejoicing together means that, while we are part of the same chaos that surrounds us all -- a chaos that when taken together is taken even more seriously -- we are also part of a community who has a different final and finite view of the chaos. That is, because we know the living, risen Christ, we know chaos does not have the final word. No, that word is reserved for the Christ himself. And what is His final word to us? "My peace I leave with you..."