Friday, 18 May 2012
18th May 2012 John 16:20-23
Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
The disciples know they will be alone, they will grieve Jesus; yet he fulfilled what he promised and he returned. As we now await Pentecost we don't grieve, instead we rejoice that the Holy Spirit is on earth working in the world.