Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection May 09, 2024


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R/. The Lord has shown his deliverance to the nations.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/.I will not leave you as orphans, says the Lord; I will come to you, and your hearts will rejoice.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy

1.      Jesus continues his farewell discourse to his Twelve. He alerts them and prepares them for his impending separation. So he says, “A little while, you will see me no longer and again a little while, and you will see me”. He refers to his physical going and later his continued presence through the Holy Spirit.

2.      His physical absence will naturally cause sorrow to them. But his enemies will rejoice. That is why Jesus says, “you will weep and lament but the world will rejoice”. This was the same contrast experience for Paul and the rest. Some like Aquila, Priscilla, and Titus believed. But some others opposed and reviled.

3.      It is disheartening to miss Jesus physically. Certainly, it means a lot. That direct listening, that personal intimacy, that concrete person-to-person interaction, and experience will not be there. Therefore they would weep and lament.

4.       But it is not a permanent miss and loss. It is not abandonment by God. He will never go away from them. He will be always with them and us. The only thing, it is a different mode of being and presence. It is a presence and accompaniment through the Spirit.

5.      This spiritual presence will not be dissipated by the physical presence. It will rise above the ordinary human sadness at separation and loss. It is a call to live in a higher realm. It is a deeper level of relating and following. That is why natural sorrow will turn into spiritual joy.

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