Monday, March 24, 2014

Journey to Joy

Obstetric Joy

“Pilgrimage is a journey taken in the light of a story.”  Paul Elie on Krista Tippett

“So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples” Matthew 28:8  New International Version (NIV)

We have been focused on finding “happiness” as a culture.  “Happiness” seems to have a kind of private/individual focus.  It seems to me that at this time of Lent/Easter we need to see that “joy” is the “light” in the pilgrimage in the Good News story!

A reality of our pilgrimage towards “joy” is that it is a journey in relationship to others.  When we are on pilgrimages we do not travel alone.  

We have that joy experience in relationship to others.   It is what we feel when we hear the Hallelujah Chorus or sing it standing with our brothers and sisters.   Most importantly it was the initial emotion in response to the reality of the resurrection; a reality that must be shared.   That Joy can be ours as well if we live our lives into that reality.


Hage, Marvin (2010-12-01). Healing Agents: Christian Perspectives (p. 65). Kindle Edition. 
Francis, P. (2013). The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium. Usccb. 
Paul Elrie  with Krista Tippett “On Being” - “Faith Fired by Literature”
Hage, M. L. (2013). Joy. 

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