Vatican City, Dec 13, 2020 / 06:25 am
Arriving at Christian joy is no cakewalk, but if we put Jesus at the center of our lives, it is possible to have a joyful faith, Pope Francis said on Sunday.
"The invitation to joy is characteristic of the season of Advent," the pope said in his Angelus address Dec. 13. "This is joy: to point to Jesus."
He reflected on the day's Gospel reading from St. John, and encouraged people to follow the example of St. John the Baptist -- in his joy and in his testimony to the coming of Jesus Christ.
St. John the Baptist "undertook a long journey to come to bear witness to Jesus," he pointed out. "The journey of joy is not a walk in the park. It takes work to always be joyful."