Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter (22nd May, 2020) on the Gospel
Acts 18:9-18;
Ps 46:2-7. (R. v. 8);
Jn 16:20-23.

Topic: Sorrow for Joy.
Jesus said to His disciples in today’s gospel,
Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.... So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
Weeping and mourning of Christ’s disciples will not be in vain. They will result into joy that nobody can take away. Jesus also said in the gospels, “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 10:39; cf. Matt 16:25; Mk 8:35; Lk 9:24). Again, Jesus also assured that everyone will receive a hundredfold whatever he/she left for His sake and for the sake of the gospel in this world and in the world to come eternal life, cf. Mk 10:29-30.
No matter how bad one’s condition might be in this world, it just requires patience for Jesus’ words to come true for “He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1Thess 5:24). And Saint Peter rightly admonished, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” (1Pt 5:6-7). We also read from Saint Paul, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom 8:18). Let us therefore wait on God for it pays, cf. Ps 27:14. 37:34. 130:5; Prov 20:22; Lam 3:25; Mic 7:7.
Bible Reading: 1Pt 4:12-19.
Thought for today: You will be consoled, cf. Lk 16:25.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to keep our faith always irrespective of our conditions – Amen.
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