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.”-John 16:20-23
Today’s Gospel presents a beautiful scene between Christ and his disciples. Christ has told them that he must go, and the disciples are sad to hear that their teacher and friend will not be around. Jesus is honest and tells that they will mourn and that the world will rejoice. Jesus encourages them by saying that their grief will turn to joy. He then uses the imagery of a mother who has just given birth. Though the birth was painful the child was worth it.
Is there something that you are grieving over today. Perhaps it is a hard situation at work, the loss of a loved one, or some other difficulty. It is easy to focus on the bad that is happening, but lets remember who we are in Christ. Christ is with us and he we will go through hard times. People will look at how you react to certain situations and will draw their own conclusions. Will they conclude that you are a catholic by the way you react, or will they fail to see Christ? Let’s remember the words of Christ in today’s Gospel. He told the disciples that their hearts will rejoice. The period you are in is temporary. Keep your eyes on Christ and let him lead you.
“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”
-St. Catherine of Sienna