Reflection for Thursday, May 9, 2002: 6th week in Easter.

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Alexander, Andy, S.J.
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2002-05-09
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Jesus' words are very powerful:|"You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy."|These words of Jesus can be both discouraging and puzzling. He speaks them at the Last Supper as he is preparing his disciples for his departure. They will no longer walk the dusty roads with him, sit down to dinner with him, feel his comforting hand rest on their shoulder or gaze into his loving and challenging eyes.|He tells them, “in a little while you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me...” and they ask each other what he could possibly mean. Yes, he is preparing his disciples for his departure but more than that, he is preparing us for the times we will have a difficult time “seeing” him.|When we are faced with pain, conflict and great loss, sometimes we can be blind to his presence in our lives. But today Jesus tells us that we will see him again. How can that be, if he is going to the Father? He is telling us that we will see him again because we will one day join him there, at the side of the Father.|In the meantime, the world will be rejoicing. We shouldn't be scandalized or discouraged by that. No matter how much we grieve, our grief will be transformed - into joy brought on by our faith that we will see Jesus again with the Father.|This is the heart of the Good News Jesus speaks today. We can live in this world, free from fear, free from anxiety, knowing that Jesus is present to us in this life and that we will join him at the Father's side in the life after.
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University Ministry, Creighton University.
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