As you prepare for this retreat, pause for a few moments and pay attention to your breathing. Slowly take three deep breaths and remember that you are in the loving presence of God.
In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.
Have you ever had the experience of feeling down in the dumps and then coming into contact with someone full of joy? Before you know it, you've forgotten what had you feeling so down. It loses all of its importance. Joy is contagious. It is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit which we receive as gift, a gift to be shared. It is impossible to keep joy to yourself. It spills over and touches others. Saint Paul reminds the Philippians and us that one way to lighten one another's burden is to share our joy.
How will I share my joy today?
Who brings joy into my life?
(Speak to the Lord using these words or your own.)
Loving and gracious God, help me to be generous in sharing your gifts with others. May the joy I feel in your presence spill over and touch the lives of others this day.