Joy is the underlying condition of deep perspective, a profound perception that, in spite of present suffering, all is well, and all shall be well. Such a stance is beyond gritted teeth stoicism against trying odds; it finds its centre in a sacred, peaceful place flowing with divine, celebratory energy.
See this in this morning’s gospel testimony of John the Baptist’s witness to the Logos, the light that had come into the world. John had tough work before him, and he would literally lose his head over it. Nevertheless, his words and actions spring from pure joy.