Posted: 08 May 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: “A little while, and you will see me no more; again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 Some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” 18 They said, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he means.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him; so he said to them, “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’? 20 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 16:16-20
Reflection: If you think that you do not understand everything about life, then you are treading a safe ground.
Only fools dreams of accomplishing the impossible in all things and everything. Thus you have it for belief: “Nothing is impossible with man”
Prove O mortal man by living the eternal life! How can mortal man ever boast about achieving every impossibilities of life? He may succeed, but for a while, even to prolong his life here on earth.
More so when it comes to spiritual truths it is always rare and difficult to understand many of its mysteries. Yet is no excuse for us not to make attempts to understand these mysteries that concerns us for eternity.
In the gospel we see that the dedicated disciples did not understand what Jesus had to say concerning himself. It was a deep mystery for them and they wondered what Jesus was trying to tell them.
They needed to know what Jesus was trying to tell them lest they not lose heart and faith when the incident about the imminent death of Jesus would take place.
We already see signs of such discouragement in them, even as he is betrayed and arrested. Their isolation adds to their fate.
No one likes to be associated with criminals or even with people who are on the wrong side of a corrupt authority and the disciples were in a similarly situation too and if not pre-warned they would have been lost forever.
Yet they didn’t seem to understand the mysteriousness of the word: How can a man, who healed the sick, raised the dead, spoke a wisdom that none of his opponent could counter and delivered and exorcised them from the evil one, ever die and that too an ignoble death?
Such situations require a constant reinforcement on account of the frailty of human thinking.
The death and resurrection of Jesus and later his interaction with the dedicated disciples and the sending of the Holy Spirit and the company of Mary are all powerful reinforcements kept for them by God and which in turn becomes a source for us too to aid us in our walk with Christ Jesus.
Prayer: May we Lord have the help and intercession of your church, even that which reigns with you in triumph.
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