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Sorrow Turns to Joy


Sorrow will turn to joy. Take some time today for Lectio Divina. Read this Gospel the first time, taking in what is happening. The second time, read through and pick out one or two phrases that stand out to you and hold them in your heart. The third time, read through and consider how God is speaking to you through this reading. Then take some time to pray and reflect.

Today's Gospel states: '"A little while, and you will see me no more; again a little while, and you will see me." 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'?" They said, "What does he mean by `a little while'? We do not know what he means." 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'? 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).

In this passage, Jesus is telling them that there will be a time to weep and mourn for him. However, it will not last long, and they will become overwhelmed with joy, knowing that Jesus will be with the Father. Jesus tells us here that we will have times of sorrow and weeping in our lives. In the long run, there is only joy to be found, as we seek to be reunited with God. Take some time to offer your sorrows to God and ask Him to help you focus on the joy ahead.

Today we pray:


Heavenly Father,

Thank You for today. Thank You for all that You have done for me and the love that You show me continually. Let me seek You and focus on the joy ahead. I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.

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