Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you felt that you were alone in the world? A time when you couldn’t summon even the slightest glimmer of hope that things would get better? Most of us have been through those trying times. When we are struggling, it feels like everyone except us is doing well. Maybe some of us have felt that God was very far away in those circumstances. In our gospel passage today, Jesus teaches us that he will be with us when the difficult times arrive.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”
The Lord wants to remind us that he will always be there for us, and will turn our anguish and grief into joy. When the dark times come it seems that we are alone, but we aren’t. Jesus is with us. He will not abandon us. We will feel his love even in the midst of our distress and know that he will see us again.
Praise be to the Lord!