Scripture: John 16:16-20
16 "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.
How can a sorrow can turn in to joy? It is just like a bitter pile that cures the sickness. The sorrow caused by separation in the emotional and sentimental attachment to Jesus, will however give way to the cognisance of the Truth of Jesus’ union with the Father, which will give us access to the Father of Jesus, through the descending of the Holy Spirit. There we will live in the Joy of the Lord, which overcomes all sort of human feelings and emotions, fully connected to the divine realities of life.
Like the disciples we too are much led by emotions and feelings than the truth, we allow ourselves to be animated by these sentiments. How many good and healthy relationships have broken because of mere ignorance of the Truth? Jesus by the death, resurrection and ascension helps us to understand the divine plan of salvation, the deep love of the Father. Without understanding this divine love, our Faith will get displaced without any foundation.
In this year of mercy we are called to have patience with others and with us too, when we don’t understand the events of life. Let us put our confidence in the Lord and He will transform all our present sorrows in to Joy, provided we remain faithful in His love.