Gospel – 5/22/20 – John 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.”
We get so caught up in the right now that we often lose the reality of the right now. When Christmas Eve rolled around in 2019 all I remember is that my sister called early – informing me my father had passed.
I let myself sink into this weird place. Glad on the one hand my dad was free of his broken body but so unbelievably heartbroken.
It was Christmas and everyone was rejoicing, but not me. It took a bit for me to remember I was going to be seeing him again.
Imagine, if I didn’t have my faith in Jesus and His Resurrection. I would be bereft because my father was forever gone.
Instead my future has a joy awaiting me I can’t describe.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…