Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection May 10, 2024


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R/. God is king of all the earth.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/.Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and enter into his glory.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “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. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me.

1.      The world often rejoices in the wrong. But the followers of Christ must rejoice in the right. However, this walking in the right will involve a lot of opposition and suffering. This is testified in the life of Jesus and all his apostles and followers.

2.      But the disciples need not lose heart. They shall be joyful because all sorrow is only a pathway to greater glory. It is worth suffering for God and good. Now, why should we be joyful even amidst suffering?

3.      First of all, the object of all our suffering is for God’s sake. It is a sign of our fidelity to Him. It is a fitting way of following our master who too walked the same way of suffering.

4.      Further, suffering is the only and best way to bear witness to Him. It is the price that we pay for our loyalty. We shall be joyful because our suffering is destined for glory. It is like the travail of a woman.

5.      She bears immense anguish. But once the child is delivered, anguish is no more remembered. All her pain turns into joy. The joy of a new birth and a new child gives the woman strength in pain.

6.      Still further, we shall be joyful because God is with us. God assures Paul: “Do not be afraid but go on…. for I am with you”. Jesus says, “You will have sorrow now but I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you”.

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