Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring!

John 15:11
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

The devil loves confusion. When life is complex, he insists on over-simplifying.  In the same way, when life is simple, he suddenly strokes a professorial beard and starts pontificating about complexity.  His goal is always that we miss the point, remain clueless, and just not get it.  Today’s verse is a sample of God’s simplicity.  Why did Jesus come and what was His goal?  The professorial devil will emit clouds of abstract theory and reams of theological bafflegab like a panicked squid in order to obscure the simple truth: Jesus came to have joy in us and that we would have joy in Him.  Today, have joy in Christ, for He rejoices in you.  Joy is, as C.S. Lewis rightly said, the serious business of Heaven.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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