"One of the best things about Valentine's Day is the day after when all the chocolate goes on sale," I reminded everyone in my after Mass announcement.
When having a Life Night on Valentine's Day, it just makes sense to talk about our relationship with others and with Jesus. Last night we were reminded of what love is, what love requires, and what it means to be loved. Often we hear of God's love for us and it goes right over our heads. This is true for me at least. I have to be reminded of God's relentless mercy and Jesus' sacrifice for me, and then I have to really reflect on that to begin to realize once again the magnitude of it all. So what can we do to help keep it fresh?
I like to focus on the most joyful person I know. We all have someone in our lives that simply puts a smile on our face every time we are with them. They seem to radiate genuine happiness; and it's contagious. I think they have that verse in 1 Corinthians memorized, and that they fully understand what Jesus did for them. They have to get their joy from somewhere right? Then I ask myself, "Would anyone say that I am the joyful person in their life?" That is a very sobering question. So who is that joy filled person in YOUR life, and would anyone say it's YOU?
That's the challenge for us. As we begin this Season of Lent, take the time to think about your relationships; with God and with others. Remember, our mission is not to spread the JOY of the gospel at church. Our mission is to spread it everywhere; at home, school, work, and in even in the store rackin' up some cheap chocolate.