(Jn 16: 20-23)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”
Joy, especially those that last forever are usually preceded by sorrow. Sorrow lends a back drop where the joy that will come afterward becomes poignant and clear. This is why Jesus prepares His own. He shows them that there is nothing to fear when sorrow visits. It usually does not stay forever. It just prepares the heart to receive the incoming joy.
The joy that comes from God is a joy that no one can take away from us. It is a guaranteed joy. That is why we must be ready for such joy. If sorrow is part of the price we pay, then that sorrow is part of the process of joy. We cannot have one without the other. May we see Christian sorrow in a new light knowing that it is but a precursor of the greater thing that is to come, God’s joy shared with us.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF
Lord, we thank You for giving us the great joys of the harvest day, after we have spent our days in hardship on the fields. God has given us a lot of achievements after hard days of study. Yes, that is the precious experience that helps me understand the mystery of suffering. I believe that the sufferings, sacrifices, and attempts on the way of God are signs of the jubilant and happy that God has given to the faithful followers.
Lord Jesus, give me the strength of God to persevere and to stand firm through the trials to follow the Lord to the end. Amen