Suffering is turned into JOY!


May 18, 2023   Sixth Thursday of Easter

WORD of the DAY 

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.”               
(John 16: 16-20)

How shall I live this Word?    

Jesus announces to His disciples His probable death. He feels that things are precipitating and has chosen to support the evolution of events so that we may believe in the seriousness of God’s love. The soul of the apostles are light years away even from only understanding what Jesus is talking about and suddenly there are frowns. Where must Jesus go? Jesus reassures and reassures His loved ones, even if there is suffering, and there will be, it will be limited suffering in time, which will turn into immense joy. Sometimes this happens to us too, to suffer from a pernicious spiritual myopia. When we experience periods of suffering, we never manage to go far, we can’t lift our gaze, and we remain nailed to our unpleasant feeling. When we experience a situation of suffering, the most pressing desire we have is for it to end. But for His disciples, suffering cannot be avoided and we are not preserved from pain. We often meet people who have experienced pain on their own skin and cannot understand it. God suffers with us and is always with us; we must open the eyes of our heart to hear and recognize Him.

Lord, we struggle to understand the mystery of suffering and the cross. Come to our rescue, open us to trust in that joy that will never be taken away from us!

The voice of Rabindranath Tagore, Poet

I desire you, only you, my heart repeats it endlessly.

The desires that continually distract me from you are false and empty.

As the night conceals the desire for light in the darkness,

so in the depths of my unconsciousness this cry resounds: I desire you, only you. As the storm seeks an end in peace, though it fights against peace with all its fury, so my rebellion fights against your love, yet it cries out: I desire you, only you.


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