Everlasting JOY…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

SIXTH FRIDAY OF EASTER

27 May 2022

WORD of the DAY 

When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.” (John 16:21-23)

How shall I live this Word?  

When we live moments of suffering, we often ask ourselves why, we would like to know the causes in order to avoid suffering, but the Lord opens our eyes to the consequences because everything contributes to the manifestation of God’s works (cf. John 9). We must have the strength and the courage to go beyond the suffering of the moment and grasp God’s plan in us which is an intimate communion with Him (As you, Father, are in me and I in you, may they also be in us one thing only, (John 17: 20b); communion which is a source of joy as Psalm 16 tells us “full joy in your presence.” It is important to listen to the voice of Jesus and carry out His teachings so that we will have the joy of dining with Him (cf. Revelation 3:20). In that moment, He will see us (but I will see you again), we will enjoy His presence as the woman who gave birth enjoys her creature, and all the questions will disappear (that day you will not ask me anything anymore).

How to pray if not by borrowing His words written in John 15: 10-11?

Lord, help me to observe Your commandments so that I can remain in Your love and live in full joy even in moments of great suffering.

The Voice of Pope Francis – Homily 6 May 2016

This is what joy and hope do together, in our life, when we are in tribulations, when we have problems, when we suffer. It is not anesthesia. Pain is pain, but lived with joy and hope, it opens the door to the joy of new fruit. This image of the Lord must help us a lot in difficulties; difficulties so often ugly, bad difficulties that also make us doubt our faith …But with joy and hope we go forward, because after this storm, a new person arrives, like the woman when she gives birth. And this joy and this hope Jesus says are lasting, they do not pass away.

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