Posted by: livingscripture | May 21, 2009

Sixth Thursday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’?  Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.’

(John 16, 19-20)

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus perceives the apostles’ disorientation and, without waiting for them to ask Him, He answers.  Instead of the needed re-assuring statement, it seems that He doubles the dose.  ‘You will weep and lament’ while the world around you rejoices. 

 This is the way it usually is.  Jesus does not lessen or water down His words.  When the crowds around Him hesitated and left due to the crudeness of His discourse about the Eucharist in terms of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, He turned to His disciples and asked, ‘Do you want to leave as well?’  Jesus is not looking for us to follow Him in comfort.  The way is up hill and curvy.  It knows the darkness of tunnels and the hardness of rock.  Those who want to follow Him must do so with eyes wide open, in the full awareness that they are not going on a pleasure cruise and that they must take up their responsibility with courage and decisiveness. 

 However, the goal is in the fullness of light that becomes brighter and brighter for those who accept to walk in the footsteps of the crucified One, trusting totally His Word of Life.  These will notice that it is not sadness but joy that marks the rhythm of their steps and transfigures their existence. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will take note of the joy that Jesus’ presence lights up in me and I will hand over to Him the eventual sadness that weighs me down.

 Lord, Your name is Joy!  It is the joy of a presence that does not exclude suffering but gives it meaning and transforms it into life.  Thank You Lord!

 The voice of an Irish Proverb

 If in the hour of darkness, you can keep a green branch alive in your heart, then the Lord will come and send a bird to sing at dawn on that branch.



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