August 15, 2022     8:03 am
99. Week of Second Sunday in Lent - Sunday
Your sorrow shall be turned into joy
          Your sorrow shall be turned into joy.   John 16:20
          In that night of parting Jesus said to His disciples: "A little while, and you shall not see Me: and again, a little while and you shall see me, because I go to the Father." Then some of His disciples said among themselves: "What is this that He says to us, A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again, a little while, and you shall see Me; and, because I go to the Father?" They said therefore: "What is this that He says, A little while? We do not know what He means." Now Jesus knew what they desired to ask Him, and He said to them: "Do you enquire among yourselves about what I said, "A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again, a little while, and you shall see Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in labour has sorrow, because her hour has come; but as soon as the child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. You now therefore have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you. In that day You shall ask Me nothing." (John 16:16-23.) When Jesus suffered and died, the unbelieving multitude of the Jews rejoiced, for they thought that now there was an end of Him. And the disciples' faith in their beloved Lord collapsed like a dying fire, and they wept and lamented in great sorrow. But when the Risen One came to them, and even more, when the Holy Spirit gave them the true and full knowledge of Christ, their sorrow was turned into joy, into joy which no man and nothing could take from them. No anxious questions disturbed them any more - And, dear Christian, when, through His Word and the Holy Spirit, the Father mightily draws you to your Saviour, but you, in the pain of sin and temptation, do not see that even now you are in the embrace of Jesus, the True Saviour, then you have great sorrow. When, however, the Holy Spirit, through the Gospel, anoints your inner eye, so that you do truly and clearly discern Christ and His grace, then your sorrow will be turned into joy, into all-conquering and everlasting joy, and then you know all things that you desire to know. O Christian, seek the illumination of the Holy Spirit in the Word.
          PRAYER: - Lord God Holy Spirit, O precious Light, enlighten me by Your holy Word, that I may know Christ, my Saviour, correctly, rejoice in Him greatly, and be abundantly satisfied in such knowledge: who with the Father and the Son lives and reigns, true God, in all eternity. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     8:03 am