Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. Philippians 4: 4-5
It is not a suggestion from Saint Paul. It is a command: rejoice! Always! But, it is a commandment that is easily followed, indeed naturally so, the more we come to realize the truth that the Lord is near.
Fearful people live in isolation, even when surrounded by others. Joy, rejoicing, arises from the bonds of communion with the Lord and with others. It arises from the unshakable conviction that we are loved. God is only far to those who choose to live in isolation. To such people, joy is elusive. To the believer, there is no earthly power or reality that can rob us of the cause of our joy. The believer believes that God is always near.
Advent Post Series, 2015