May 21, 2020

Feast of the Ascension (in some dioceses)

Jn 16: 16-20

”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 

Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’? Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Pain turned to joy

Jesus makes cryptic statements in the supper discourse of John’s Gospel. Today the disciples are mystified by Jesus’ words, “A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” What?! Jesus, sensing their confusion, adds, “Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.”

Jesus is not trying to fool or be cagey with his disciples. He wants to prepare them for what is to come, but he also knows that they must experience for themselves and live into the meaning of his passion, death and resurrection. So, too, must we.

“Your pain will turn into joy” is key. Reflect on a time when your pain turned into joy. How was Christ with you? Live into and out of that resurrection experience.

Paula Sapienza is a spiritual director at Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House in Sedalia, Colorado.

Prayer

Jesus, Risen Lord,
in your appearances to your friends,
you console us:
you share your joy;
you give your love;
you increase our hope.

Jesus, Risen Lord,
grant that we receive ever more deeply
the gift of your joy,
a joy that cannot be vanquished:
the joy that delivers us from every evil, and
the joy that brings us ever more fully into
the freedom and the life
that is your Resurrection.

Amen.


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May 21, 2020

Feast of the Ascension (in some dioceses)

Jn 16: 16-20

”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 

Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’? Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Pain turned to joy

Jesus makes cryptic statements in the supper discourse of John’s Gospel. Today the disciples are mystified by Jesus’ words, “A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” What?! Jesus, sensing their confusion, adds, “Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.”

Jesus is not trying to fool or be cagey with his disciples. He wants to prepare them for what is to come, but he also knows that they must experience for themselves and live into the meaning of his passion, death and resurrection. So, too, must we.

“Your pain will turn into joy” is key. Reflect on a time when your pain turned into joy. How was Christ with you? Live into and out of that resurrection experience.

Paula Sapienza is a spiritual director at Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House in Sedalia, Colorado.

Prayer

Jesus, Risen Lord,
in your appearances to your friends,
you console us:
you share your joy;
you give your love;
you increase our hope.

Jesus, Risen Lord,
grant that we receive ever more deeply
the gift of your joy,
a joy that cannot be vanquished:
the joy that delivers us from every evil, and
the joy that brings us ever more fully into
the freedom and the life
that is your Resurrection.

Amen.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!