Friday 22 May 2020

About Today Readings

Acts 18: 9-18. God is king of all the earth – Psalm 46(47):2-7. John 16:20-23.

‘You will be joyful again.’

Life is full of swings and roundabouts. It includes suffering, jubilation and all the spaces in-between. Indeed, today’s Gospel image of childbirth reflects well how times of pain can give way to experiences of deep joy. While joy and consolation are the resting place of the disciple, we will know pain on the way to fullness of life.

In this vein, Carmelite saint Teresa of Avila wrote words of counsel to remember in times of challenge: ‘Let nothing trouble you, let nothing disturb you. Everything will pass, God remains.’ The Taize community in France put it to music in the chant Nada te turbe. Christ makes the same promise to us in today’s Gospel: ‘now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy’. Let us be Easter people, and may alleluia be our song.

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