”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
They said, “What does he mean by this ‘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, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’? Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
We will rejoice…even in our darkest moments, there will be happiness! Easier said than to believe, right? Am I like the disciples, not understanding what Jesus was saying to them?
I recently lost a friend due to cancer. She was a beautiful, young, intelligent woman. She was a wife who was very caring for her husband, she was a mother to four young children who love and miss her dearly. Her death was heart-breaking to many of us. Will there be joy after this grief?
As I walked into church, I saw her family strong and together with big smiles. They shared their thoughts about her life as we celebrated together. They knew Carol was with God. Their faith reminded me of what Jesus said to his disciples, “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.”
—Cecilia Hernandez works in the Vocations Office for the Midwest Jesuits.
Heavenly Father, in this month of May, we pray for all the children who have lost their mothers due to illness. May they find peace and comfort. One day, may we all rejoice with you.