Gospel Reading – John 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 labour, 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.”
The Gospel of the Lord
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The good news from today’s Gospel is that Jesus is reminding his disciples that they will weep and mourn, but their grief will become joy.
We all know that grief, mourning and even weeping is a part of life. Jesus in trying to both prepare and empower his disciples for the mission ahead. He does so in a way that its an act of love, on his part, because he wants to be up front about the hardships they will face.
How do you encounter the message of today’s Gospel in your life?
When have you experienced the ‘Truth’ of the Holy Spirit in your life?