I believe that joy is the sure sign of the presence of God.  The joyful person is fun to be around.  In recovery we sometimes meet SAM – that is the person who is “sober and miserable.”  That person is no fun to be around and is something of a drag on an AA group.

Today’s gospel has Jesus telling us “….I have told you this (remain in my love) so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”  (John 15:9-11)

Mother Teresa of Calcutta has penned a beautiful piece for us about joy.  She says:  “If you are joyful, it will shine in your eyes and in your look, in your conversation and in your contentment.  You will not be able to hide it because joy overflows.  Joy is very contagious.  Try, therefore, to be always overflowing with joy wherever you go.  May God give back to you in love all the love you have given and all the joy and peace you have sown around you, all over the world.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, please grant me the joy of living a sober life so that I may reflect your love to all others I meet today.  

These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.