Gospel Reflection – Friday 6th Week of Easter (19 May) – Your hearts will rejoice
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of John (16:20-23) in which Jesus says, “You are sad now, but I will see you again and your hearts will be full of joy, and that joy no one shall take from you. When that day comes you will not ask me any questions”.
Fr Paul says The Lord describes the pain of giving birth to the Gospel.
We have the promise of the kingdom in our lives and in our world. But it is difficult to maintain enthusiasm. Building a kingdom is not like building a castle. We are dealing with human beings, free will and grace.
Now and then we have just brief moments when we see some preliminary results of our work. There are times when we glimpse the Lord’s presence and see the purpose of our labour. This gives us new strength to continue, to continue, and to continue.
Fr Paul says, only at the end we will see how everything fits together. Only at the end will we understand the pain and the promise.