Reflection on John 16:20-23
To quote St. John of the Cross, “One dark night, fired with love’s urgent longings, ah, the sheer grace!” John of the Cross speaks tenderly of a second challenging spiritual night, as God seems to be missing. Yet within, hidden purifying grace transforms us with a new hunger, a taste of love’s perfection, all is gained not lost. Like a spiraling roller coaster; we must wait out the fear of the unknown, then climb towards joy with God to give it all away. Ah sheer grace!
The Exhortation to the Apostles, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 16 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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. 21 When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. 22 So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 16:20-23.