The disciples return with great news of the achievement and successes of their mission. They rejoice and desire to share with Jesus all that has happened. Jesus listens to the fervent notions and in joy turns the praise to his father in heaven. The joy of Jesus is that the will of the Father is made manifest. This is of course what Jesus has been sent to do –to make known the Father. All that Jesus does is with this motive –that the Father is made known among all men.

The experience of the Father is to be found only through revelation. The greatest and fullest revelation is Jesus. He exclaims “No one knows who the Son is except the Father and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him”. This revelation comes though the action of the Holy Spirit. The means of this revelation comes through those moments of meditation and reflection in prayer, scripture, study ands spiritual reading. In the person, life and ministry of Jesus we see the manifestation of the Father. Jesus, the church teaches, is the self-disclosure of the Father.

There are many things we can rejoice in. It is good to rejoice in our success. It is good to rejoice in achievements that have been accomplished. It is good to rejoice when we are given a promotion, when we find employment, when we have our career mapped out for us. We rejoice at many moments in family life when things are going along fine. There are so many things we can be grateful. It is often a very good and valuable exercise to examine our conscience at the end of a day. Review the day as it was and give God thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed on you throughout the day. It is amazing how God will continue to bless us. Often the blessings go un-noticed because our lives can be so busy and active throughout the day. Let us take up the attitude of Jesus in giving praise to the Father. We need not rejoice because demons submit to the name of Jesus but we rejoice because our names are written in heaven. We are a privileged people. The gift of faith has been entrusted to us and has with its own demands and responsibilities. We are to be like good stewards of the gifts that God has given to us. How often do we take such gifts fro granted? Salvation is intended for us. Jesus has come to lead us to the Father. We submit ourselves to him who has loved us and washed away our sins with his blood.

Do I give praise to the Father in good times and in bad?

Lord I believe in you. Thank you for revealing your self to me through the grace and mercy of your Son, Jesus. Amen