Gospel for May 17, 2012, Thursday

Posted at 05/17/12 6:04 AM

6th Week of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 18:1-8
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, following a decree of the Emperor Claudius which ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to visit them and then stayed and worked with them because they shared the same trade of tentmaking. Every Sabbath he held discussions in the synagogue, trying to convince both Jews and Greeks.
When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was able to give himself wholly to preaching and proving to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. One day when they opposed him and insulted him, he shook the dust from his clothes in protest, saying, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. I am not to blame if from now on I go to the non-Jews.” So Paul left there and went to the house of a God-fearing man named Titus Justus who lived next door to the synagogue. A leading man of the synagogue, Crispus, along with his whole household, believed in the Lord. On hearing Paul, many more Corinthians believed and were baptized.

Gospel: John 16:16-20
Jesus said to his disciples, “A little while and you will see me no more; and then a little while, and you will see me.”
Some of the disciples wondered, “What does he mean by: ‘A little while and you will not see me, and then a little while and you will see me’? And why did he say: ‘I go to the Father’?” And they said to one another, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand.”
Jesus knew that they wanted to question him; so he said to them, “You are puzzled because I told you that in a little while you will see me no more, and then a little while later you will see me.
“Truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.”

“Your sorrow will be turned into joy.” Joy and sorrow seem opposites, and we are apt to think that it is by avoiding sorrow that we come upon joy. But the Gospel says that it is by the transformation of sorrow that joy comes. Do not avoid your sorrow; do not pretend that it is not there; go into it in the power of God’s transforming Spirit and it will turn to joy. Where are answers to be found in our life? At the back of the book, as in the children’s arithmetic? No! But in the questions, in the problems! Our faith directs us into our life, into the very texture of it in all its particularity—not out of it to an illusory beyond.

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