A reading from the gospel according to John 16:16-20:
16 Jesus said to his disciples: “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.”
17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What does this mean that he is saying to us, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
18 So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks? We do not know what he means.”
19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing with one another what I said, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’?
20 Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”
Reflection: Your Grief will become joy.
Jesus is indeed God who knows us better than we know ourselves. Just as He knew what His disciples were thinking and discussing among themselves, He is aware of our thoughts, desires and questions in life. He is truly concerned of what concern us especially our trials and temptation. He too was tempted yet without sin. He too suffered yet He overcame everything.
When Jesus was arrested and crucified, His apostles were completely disappointed. Except perhaps for Peter, they all ran for their lives. They wept and mourned. They grieved and felt miserable. Their world suddenly turned upside down and they didn’t know what to do.
Many of us have experienced sorrow and some degrees of difficulties. During those times, we may see only the proverbial two sets of footprints in the sand and we cry out, “Where are you Lord?” It is dark and the night is long. Yet Jesus assures us that our grief will turn into joy. Good Fridays and black Saturdays don’t last long and Easter Sunday will surely come.
Life indeed may be full of suffering but Calvary is not the end because there is the empty tomb. That gives us the strength to move forward in spite of the seemingly insurmountable odds. That is our HOPE.
Dear Jesus, thank you for the gift of hope. Like Saint Paul, we claim that your grace is sufficient for us. With the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we shall overcome whatever suffering that comes our way. Amen.