"With you I lack nothing on earth"
The devil is cruel
He managed to convince us that
serving God is equivalent to sadness
while serving him is pleasurable.
Sin is fun.
Holiness is misery.
Yes, there may be hell afterwards
but meanwhile I will have enjoyed life.
This is a big lie.
Anyone who had even a brief experience
knows it is not so.
After He rose from death,
the apostles found Jesus waiting for
…on the shore.
They were at sea…
Sea - for the biblical man - is the
of problems and troubles.
This simple fact is already highly
He is never far away from our problems.
They did not recognise him instantly.
But He was there.
The same way He is always near us
every time our boat is tossed around.
He was near and He did something momentous
He made them catch a lot of fish.
One hundred and fifty three big fish,
-The ancient world had identified 153
of fish in the sea.-
So many that the net was too heavy
to haul into the boat.
Jesus has the knack of giving us not
what we need.
But He goes beyond and overflows us
He even made a step further.
He prepared for them a fire, took the
and cooked it for them.
He took the bread, broke it and gave
them to eat.
Indeed, "what else could I do
and I did not do it?"
God rewards abundantly his loved ones.
St Benedict Labrč used to exclaim:
"If people could insert the entire
in their heart,
it still would not fill it,
because the world is round and our
has a triangular shape!"
Our heart can only be filled by another
When St Francis of Assisi abandoned
barefooted and stripped of all his
with passion he went around,
crying out, "I have God! I have
When St Francis of Borgia left his
to the queen of Spain
and gave himself in God's service,
he was so happy that for many nights
due to the joy he was experiencing!
"That's enough, Lord, enough,
my heart can't bear it!"
When St Teresa of Jesus, at twenty
entered the Carmelite monastery,
she wrote that the joy she felt then
was so great that she could never forget
it and it remained with her always.
St Philip Neri was heard to say:
"Jesus my love, please let me
When Jesus enters your heart,
He makes you do crazy things.
When after the catching of so many
St Peter realised that it was the Lord,
he put on his cloak and jumped into
When we jump in the sea… we usually
and not dress up!
But this is what Jesus does:
He drives you crazy!
No sadness. No misery. No depression.
It is the devil who is always a bore.
Those who serve God leap with joy.
"No more will you be known as 'Forsaken'
or your country be known as 'Desolation";
instead you will be called 'my Delight
and your country 'The Wedded';
for Yahweh will take delight in you
and your country will have its wedding.
Like a young man marrying a virgin,
Your rebuilder will wed you,
And as the bridegroom rejoices in his
So will your God rejoice in you."
(Isaiah 62, 4-5)
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