A stranger, exuding joy, went into church one day, a church that was not his own. He mingled about with the parishioners patting them on the back, talking loudly and laughing in a gesture of friendship. The parishioners were shocked with his familiarity and horrified at his “lack of respect” for a place of worship. He was asked to leave.
On the doorstep, he was approached by God who said, “Cheer up, fella, I’ve been trying to get into that church for years!”
Source: Dare to Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord! by Erma Bombeck
in Ocala Star-Banner, February 26, 1970.| 7A
- I cannot imagine a Christian who does not know how to smile. May we joyfully witness to our faith. —Pope Francis, February 4th, 2014
- Evangelization in our time will only take place as the result of contagious joy. —Pope Francis, Message for the 29th World Youth Day, 21st January 2014
- There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. —Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #6
- An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral! —Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #10