By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Inexplicable Joy

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We talk a lot about evangelizing and how to do it. There are even advanced degrees offered in the subject--degrees that the Apostles never had. Yet, we all know already that the best evangelizer is inexplicable joy. Now, explicable joy is not really noteworthy--if you are a recipient of most or every desirable human good, with no big disappointments, then your joy is neither surprising nor especially noticeable. But if, in the midst of disappointment or disillusioning experiences or great trials, you still exhibit joy, then that oddity is something people will notice because we are all looking
for such joy due to the simple fact that we are alive.

We are very good at living, as Thoreau said, "lives of quiet desperation." We have many things to keep us busy and distracted. We love to smile for the cameras (now digital!) and the internet. Yet, so commonly, the exterior camouflages the interior reality.

Inexplicable joy is not just a matter of being radiant in the midst of difficulties. Inexplicable joy verifies itself by bearing fruit, by producing good things. The invitation was issued for a specific reason long ago, and that reason is still current and is still being renewed hourly:

For my yoke is sweet and my burden light (Douay-Rheims, Matthew 11:30).