People get as enthusiastic about Jesus today as they did 2,000 years ago when they greeted Him entering Jerusalem. Enthusiasm translates as having God within us. It means being joyful. Pierre Teilhard once wrote “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
Jesus was enthusiasm personified. He had an open and friendly way of engaging with people. He received people joyfully. He stepped into conflict or pain with a determination for wholeness and healing. Jesus was ushering in a new world, the Community of God, and was excited about its creation. Enthusiasm, such as Jesus witnesses, is contagious. People become aware of the Holy Presence of God within themselves. The upbeat, energetic Presence of God creates in us a playfulness, a curious delight, a buoyancy. We’re excited about life, enthusiastic for what’s good, positive, and possible. We start believing in the importance of what we’re doing and who we’re doing it for. We’re ready for a challenge, willing and able to shake up our routine with wonder and surprise.
Whatever you do don’t curb your enthusiasm.
Prayer: God of wonder and delight, we’re filled with your joy flowing from within.
Question: How enthusiastic am I?
April 13, 2014 Gospel Matthew 21:1-11 Palm Sunday