We might notice as well that the psalm chosen for today reflects this joy: "At nightfall weeping enters in, but with the dawn rejoicing" and "You changed my mourning into dancing."
I think that the Church is calling us, in the midst of our penitence and fasting, to realize what this season of Lent celebrates, where it is actually going: Christ lived and suffered and died for us, a long a painful process for Him, but He is not calling us to pain and death but to His Kingdom, His eternal life past that door that we must all pass through.
This is the Jesus, who "for the joy set before Him endured the cross" (Hebrews 12:2). This is the Jesus who calls us to follow Him in trust, in love, and in hope, and that in itself is a cause for joy.
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