Christ suffered to the extent that he hated his life in this world. But St. Francis refused to take this temporary situation seriously and brought out the joy of living. Christ seemed enthralled by his joy in the gift of life and rewarded him with the following that made his reputation.
St. Francis would not become gloomy or morose no matter the adversity, and this pleased God the Father and the people who heard him speak. O Lord, that I too may hear words of such joy. A happy life gets a good reward thanks to what Christ gave, a real abundance despite his temporary dismay.
Thanks, Lord, for all you have done for us.