The Gospel Today
Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Jn 16: 20-23
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Gilbert T. Romulo, Jr.)
When can you say that you are totally happy? Perhaps, there were moments in our lives that we experienced great joy. These are the moments we would like to reminisce them because they are so unforgettable. There were moments that we wish that that particular moment would last forever. In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks of a joy that in incomparable with the joy we have experienced or will experienced in this world. Many people today are so enamored with this world that they thought that complete happiness can be achieved in this present life. But for us Christians we believe that there is a life that we need to look forward to, a life that would wipe all our tears away. It is so sad that many people have lost this hope for eternal life. They would preoccupy their minds with many things in this world. They would devote all their energies and strength in order to achieve the happiness they long for, until they would finally discover that everything are empty pursuits. In their quest for this happiness, they often resort to all sorts of means, even if it would hurt other people. Then at the end of this life’s journey, they realize that they have to leave everything behind. Perhaps it is good to realize early on that this life is temporary, we will never stay in this life for forever. Many had died; many people who went before us, are no longer in this world. Jesus is telling us that man is destined to live forever. This is the will of God for us. He planned that we will be able to share his divine life with us. Our life on earth is just a preparation for the true life that is in store for us by God. Though our life on earth may be full or sorrow and pain, we are assured by Christ, that everything pale in comparison with the great joy we will have in his kingdom. Let us therefore live in this hope, that we may never waver in our quest to the true life waiting for us, while we live in this world.
Amen. ng less. All others, as Ignatius of Loyola would say, are helps to attain this full union with God. Thus, we are taught to seek only what is for the greater glory of God – that is to seek Jesus and, as what St. Paul says, be imitators of Him who showed us the image of God. Jesus is truly risen and He will remain alive amidst the continuously changing world. We only have to seek Him constantly and perseveringly in everything that we do and in everyone we encounter.