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John 16:20-23

The Word of God

Jesus said, '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. When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.'

John 16:20-23
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    • Every woman who has given birth to a child can bear witness to the truth of what Jesus says here – that once the child is born, relatively all the pain of giving birth is forgotten, so great is the joy of bringing a child into the world. And yet this joy pales in comparison with the joy of finally fully falling into the everlasting arms of God’s love, a joy that can never be taken from us – where nothing is denied to us by God.
    • Do you trust that God is silently planning for you in love? Speak to God in your heart noticing how Jesus says “if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you”.
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    • Mary, mother of God, experienced the heights and depths of human experience. In her ‘Yes’ to the angel she opened herself in trust to all that was to come. She experienced the joys and sorrows of any one who makes their way, step by step, on the dark road of faith.
    • In this the month of Mary can I find comfort and wisdom pondering what similarities exist between the experiences of Mary and my own?
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    • There is a deep-down joy that nothing can take from us. Perhaps you noticed this in a time of doubt, confusion, pain or fear. It is a conviction that God is near and does not abandon us, and it lasts. Prayer can confirm this deep-down joy, when we return to it in memory, and the joy goes that bit deeper. It is a joy born in times of life we may never have chosen, but it may emerge, with the grace of God, in times of confusion, doubt, pain and personal darkness.
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    • There is a deep-down joy that nothing can take from us. Perhaps you noticed this in a time of doubt, confusion, pain or fear. It is a conviction that God is near and does not abandon us, and it lasts. Prayer can confirm this deep-down joy, when we return to it in memory, and the joy goes that bit deeper. It is a joy born in times of life we may never have chosen, but it may emerge, with the grace of God, in times of confusion, doubt, pain and personal darkness.