Forbes recently published an article about Pope Francis and his smile. This smile seems to be set on the pope's face at all times, it warms up a room and creates a surge to know more about him. This still relatively new pope is very popular and his secret seems to "be the joy he spreads".
This was not news to me, as it probably stirred no surprise in you. When he took the papal seat in spring 2013, his smile was the first thing that earned the world's notice. What I did begin to think about though, is my own smile. Not in a is it pretty or attractive sort of way, but more of do I smile? Do I exude happiness as the Pope does? For we all have the same reason to be happy. We have a hope in the Lord Father that is much greater than any worldly problem; we are loved! Loved to the moon and back and much much further.
Back in second grade my mother told me that my teacher liked my smile and had said that I smiled all of the time. Well, after that great compliment I wanted to not disappoint my teacher and to always smile. But a week or two later my teacher asked my mother if everything was ok at home because I had stopped smiling. Well you see, when I tried to consciously make myself smile, I could not do it. Smiling is only natural, it can not be forced, or we all know what that looks like. Smiling is a reaction the body makes when the soul is just too happy that it must overflow into the physical. Smiling is not just the mouth but the pouring out of harmony and goodness out of every pore of being.
The Lord Father gives us such good news in the gospel that we should be overflowing and smiling with our entireties. He is so good! No little problem at work or school can cover that up!
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;