In his homily today for daily Mass at the chapel of the St. Martha House in the Vatican, Pope Francis reflected that a Church without joy is simply not imaginable. Beginning with the first reading for the day, taken from the Prophet Isaiah, the Holy Father said "you cannot imagine a Church without joy, and the joy of the Church lies precisely in this: to proclaim the name of Jesus.”
Reflecting on the Gospel for the day (Luke 10:21-24), the Pope observed that the passage, where Jesus praises the Father for what he has revealed, allows us to see "a little into the soul of Jesus, the heart of Jesus, a joyful heart. We always think of Jesus when He preaches, when He heals, when He travels, walks along the street, even during the Last Supper, but we aren’t used to thinking about Jesus smiling, joyful.Jesus was full of joy, full of joy,” the Pope preached. "This is precisely the internal mystery of Jesus, that relationship with the Father in the Spirit. It is His internal joy, the interior joy that He gives to us, and this joy, is true peace.”
Christian peace is a joyful peace, because our Lord is joyful, and because of this Christ wills that his spouse, the Church, share in this joy, which we only find when proclaiming the name of Jesus. To say: ‘He is the Lord. My spouse is the Lord. He is God. He saves us, He walks with us.’ And that is the joy of the Church; that in this joy of being a bride becomes a mother."
Quoting Pope Paul VI, Francis said “the joy of the Church is precisely to evangelize, to go forth and to speak about her Spouse. And also to transmit that joy to the children that she bears, that she raises.”