Following Jesus is not always, as some would say, a bed of roses. There would be difficult times. There would be hardships. And often, hardships will appear insurmountable. In today’s Gospel, Jesus exposes this reality, making his disciples aware of the possibility that they will weep and mourn while the world will rejoice. He, nonetheless, gives the assurance to those who have decided to follow him that their grief will eventually turn into joy. The happiness that our present world offers is ordinarily fleeting and shallow. The most profound joy is experienced, even amidst hardships, when we follow Jesus in his self-giving act.
We ask ourselves: When have we become truly joyful in our life? When have we experienced the inner joy? Can we joyfully follow the Lord Jesus even in tough and difficult times?
GOSPEL • JOHN 16:16-20
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.” 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’?” So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks? We do not know what he means.” 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’? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”
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