Reflection on John 16:16-20
As we more deeply understand Jesus’s rising within us the more we are filled with joy. Yet, necessary in this cycle is processing and dealing with the world’s effort to defeat us as much as it wanted the permanency of Jesus’s death on the Cross. Without personally sharing as least some pain, weeping and mourning with Jesus, spending now through eternity in Heaven is more of a hope than a reality.
John 16 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Sorrow Will Turn into Joy
16 “A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 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’?” 18 They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 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’? 20 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.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 16:16-20.