Gaudete in Domino Semper

Posted: December 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Gaudete in domino semper!

I was sharing yesterday how difficult it was for me to rejoice in the Lord in the morning at 5am. I hadn’t been sleeping well because the c5 and c6 section of my neck was pinching on my nerves. There was also a tightness on the left hand side of my chest with slight pain and I was feverish. It didn’t help that it was raining, a wet and cold Sunday morning.

Still I had to press on as I was leading the 3rd Advent Reflection session for my fellow stewards and had committed to presenting the LISS participants of 2019 for their commissioning to be light of the world during the 1115am Eucharistic Celebration. Then later in the afternoon I was going to lead the advent reflection again for our LTW {living the word} community at 2pm.

Each time I was engaged in sharing the word and love of Jesus I felt joy in my heart and the pains I was having dissipated. I truly rejoiced in the Lord! I also shared with the folks that it is only when I’m engaged in some form of service of my Lord that I am truly alive.

I finally got home at about 4pm drained but joyful, and fell asleep till about 8pm. Had something light and went back to sleep.

This morning I woke up resigned to the fact that I would not be able to attend morning Eucharist. The bicycle I kept in Tampines had a flat tire and so there was no way to make it on foot in three minutes to Holy Trinity Church. Moreover the lady bus driver today had a record of delaying the journey and so I would end up the bus stop between 6:26 or 6:27am. I told myself that if somehow the bus would make it at 6:25 am I would jog even with my pains. Praise the Lord! It was exactly 6:25am when I reached Tampines and I made it on time for the Opening Prayer.

And so I remain in awe of my Lord, and will rejoice in Him always. Amen

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