Last week’s reflection ended thusly:
God means us to rejoice in this world — to rejoice in His creation — and to love and care for it and those within it. “We are in this world,” John reminds us towards the end of this passage. Yes, indeed, we are. Make the best of it. Do it for God.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music…. With trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn, shout for joy before the Lord…. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together with joy….