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Theo Tigno
5/16/2012 1:02 pm

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Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter
John 16: 16-20

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." So some of his disciples said to one another, "What does this mean that he is saying 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 said, "What is this 'little while' of which he speaks? We do not know what he means." Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, "Are you discussing with one another what I said, 'A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me'? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy."

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Today's prayer intention - for healing for Jill O'Sullivan and for the repose of the soul of Kevin McVeigh.

First of all, I would like to apologize to those who signed up for the list in the past few days. I didn't see the alerts to add you to the list and for this I'm sorry ...

I've heard a lot about the different levels of grieving. As I think about these levels, I couldn't help but think about what different levels of joy the disciples must have experienced upon seeing the Risen Lord.

I can see the first point of their joy coming from seeing Our Lord again after seeing Him brutally murdered. I can imagine the news of hearing that someone is fine after they have been in a bad car accident or the news that a stage 4 tumor was suddenly gone.

After that, though, I wonder if the disciples then thought about all the things that Christ told them. He told them numerous time that He would die and then on the third day be raised. He told them parables and even told them that the only sign that would be given is the sign of Jonah, who after three days was no longer in the belly of the fish. I wonder if that joy helped affirm that Jesus is the Son of God. I wonder if that joy helped them see that all that He said was true.

Moving past knowing that Jesus told the truth about what would happen to Him, I can see their joy becoming a joy for themselves, knowing that He gives us His Body and Blood ... knowing that He comes from the Father and that He invites us there with Him ... knowing that He forgives even our worst sin.

We can participate in that joy. We have the holy Scriptures and remind us of the words God spoke to us. We have the Sacraments where we encounter Our Lord. We have a great treasury of faith, so that in our grief, we may rejoice.

Take care and God Bless.

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