Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
I pulled that quote from today’s readings. What is it Jesus it trying to tell us? We will weep and mourn? You will grieve, but your grief will become joy? Not exactly what I’m wanting or needing to hear if someone is asking me to dedicate my life to a cause. He compares living in Him, following Him to giving birth. Christ is not painting a pretty picture as He is telling his Apostles and disciples to come follow Him. He is telling us the truth and sometimes truth is not what we want to hear. Christ was never one to shy away from the truth and because we are heirs to His Kingdom, Christ is never shy of telling us the stark reality of what following Him will bring us should we chose to follow Him. Should WE CHOOSE. Jesus calls each of us to the faith – it was not you who chose me but I who chose you (John 15:16). Did we not just hear that word proclaimed at Mass just a few weeks ago. Although we have all been chosen, we still must accept. Many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). What the heck does that mean? That means we trust completely in the Holy Spirit and hope/pray that we receive the fruit of faithfulness.
What does it mean to have faith? Simply put, you’ve to believe in something that at times “you just can’t put your finger on it” – literally. Thomas stated to his fellow Apostles that unless he could touch the wounds of Jesus’ crucifixion, he could not, would not believe. When Jesus came to Thomas and encouraged Thomas to touch those wounds, what was it that Thomas cried out? My Lord and my God! But it was Jesus’ response to that that we should truly pay heed to…
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed…that is us. Blessed are we who have faith. Blessed are we who are willing to trust in something we can’t truly understand or explain. Blessed are we who have been called and have accepted that call to follow Christ. I want to be blessed – I want to have Christ in my life – I am willing to accept all the trials, struggles, hardships that my come with this choice. Because I am faith filled, I will remain faith full. I want to see Christ in His Splendor. I want to see God on His throne. I want to have eternal life. Do you?
Jesus starts today’s Gospel with those ominous words, He speaks the truth to us. But He also promises to reward those who remain faithful.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
So I ask – as should all of you reading this – Father, in Jesus’ name, give me the strength and courage to remain faithful to You. Help me dedicate my life to proclaiming Your Great Name. Send to me the Holy Spirit to guide me in the way of Your truth. Help me to live a life here on earth so that when I die, I might be granted eternal life with You, with Jesus, with Mary and all the saints. This I ask of You.
I will close with another one of my favorite hymns. The lyrics to this song are most appropriate for our topic today.
Do something great for our Lord today.
God’s will not mine be done.
Be not afraid.
Jesus, I trust in You.