Today's Gospel records the joy of the seventy disciples after they had preached the Kingdom of God throughout the countryside. With complete simplicity they exclaim to Jesus: "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" The Master joins in their delight: "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." But then He warns the disciples: "Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
The disciples would never forget this extraordinary moment with the Master when they told him of their first apostolic ventures. How blessed they were to be instruments of the Lord! How happy Jesus was to hear of their apostolate! Then there were those remarkable words: Rejoice that your names are written in heaven. If we are faithful to the end we too will hear those sweet words: "Enter into the joy of your master."
Here on earth each step we take brings us closer to Christ and to true happiness. There is no lasting happiness apart from God. The Christian's joy presupposes the natural joys which the Lord sets before us, the joy of life itself the joy of honest and holy love, the joy of nature and silence, the austere joy to be found in dedicated work, the joy of a job well done, the transparent joy of holy purity, of sharing, of self-sacrifice. The Christian can purify, fulfil and be identified with these joys. He cannot despise them. Christian joy is grunted to those who understand natural joys. There were many occasions when the Lord took advantage of earthly joys to announce the joys of his Kingdom: the joy of the sower and the reaper, of the man who finds a treasure, of the shepherd who discovers his lost sheep, of those invited to a banquet; the joy of marriage, the joy of a father receiving back his son, that of a woman who has just given birth to a child.
The disciple of Christ is not a de-humanized being. He should not separate himself or allow himself to be separated from what is human. This was not the Master's way. Our friends and acquaintances should find us increasingly welcoming and open to them. We should become better and better able to make life pleasant for others. At times this will require sacrifice and mortification if we are to overcome moodiness and tiredness.
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