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Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Jn 16:20-23


Jesus said: “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.” He said this as an example to His disciples who would experience suffering and even be killed for their faith. But those trials would last only a moment, compared to all eternity in Heaven, where they will no longer remember any suffering in this world. And only a mother that goes through the birth to her child can literally relate to Jesus’ words -- there is a moment of pain, but when the child arrives into this world, there is great joy, so the pain becomes just history. If you wish, we can also think of an example, for instance, of a surgery. Let’s say you are losing your sight and don’t see very well. You may need to go through the painful process of surgery. But after a successful surgery, you are amazed how well you can see again, and so you quickly forget about all the pain you had to go through. You and I may be persecuted for our Christianity, we may be rejected, ridiculed, or we may even suffer and be killed for our faith. However, Jesus promised you today that in Heaven you will be so happy that you won’t even remember the difficulties of this world you live in now.



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