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Friday May 10th: The Promise of Christ’s Presence

“You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.”

John 16: 20 – 23

Today’s gospel passage opens on a dismal note, but it should neither dissuade nor disillusion us. Jesus points out a simple fact of life, that is, disciples will not be free from pain, sorrow or suffering. However, He guarantees that our sorrow will turn to joy. This metaphor of childbirth vividly illustrates the point. Pain and suffering are temporary. They are part of life’s experiences and circumstances.

The world may revel in temporary pleasures and fleeting happiness, but the joy that Jesus offers is enduring and unshakeable. It is a joy rooted not in circumstances but in the unchanging love and faithfulness of God. This is a joy that no one can take away from us, for it is grounded in the promise of Christ’s presence with us always.

As we face challenges and sorrows, hold fast to the promise that Jesus will turn our sorrow into joy. Trust His unfailing love and seek solace in His presence. Jesus is on our side and at our side always. Trust Him.