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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 16:16-20)

YOU WILL BE SORROWFUL, BUT YOUR SORROW WILL TURN TO JOY.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In a short time you will no longer see me,
and then a short time later you will see me again.”

Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean, ‘In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again’ and, ‘I am going to the Father’? What is this ‘short time’? We don’t know what he means.” Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said, “You are asking one another what I meant by saying: In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again.

“I tell you most solemnly,
you will be weeping and wailing
while the world will rejoice;
you will be sorrowful,
but your sorrow will turn to joy.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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“NO MAN’S CROSS IS LAID UPON HIM FOR HIMSELF ALONE, BUT FOR THE HEALING OF THE WHOLE WORLD”

“Look at this cross, so much bigger than the man whose body will be stretched to fit it. So much higher than the height of the man who will be lifted up above the earth on it and who, being lifted up, will draw all peoples to himself. Christ receives it with joy because he knows that this is the dead weight that must have crushed humankind had he not lifted it from their backs. This is the dead wood which at his touch is transformed to a living tree. At his touch, the hewn tree takes root again, and the roots thrust down into the earth, and the tree breaks into flower…

THE TREE BREAKS INTO FLOWER

Because Christ is to be stretched to the size of the cross, those who love him will grow to the size of it, not only to the size of man’s suffering, which is bigger than man, but to the size of Christ’s love that is bigger than all suffering. Because Christ is to be lifted up on the cross, all those who love him will be lifted up above the world by the world’s sorrow. He, being lifted up, will draw all men to himself.

CHRIST CHANGED SUFFERING TO REDEMPTION

Because Christ has changed death to life, and suffering to redemption, the suffering of those who love him will be a communion between them. All that hidden daily suffering that seems insignificant will be redeeming the world, it will be healing the wounds of the world. The acceptance of pain, of old age, of the fear of death, and of death will be our gift of Christ’s love to one another; our gift of Christ’s life to one another.

JOY AND SUPERNATURAL LIFE

No man’s cross is laid upon him for himself alone, but for the healing of the whole world, for the mutual comforting and sweetening of sorrow, for the giving of joy and supernatural life to one another. For Christ receives our cross that we may receive his. Receiving his cross, the cross of the whole world made his, we receive him. He gives us his hands to take hold of, his power to make it a redeeming thing, a blessed thing, his life to cause it to flower, his heart to enable us to rejoice in accepting our own and one another’s burdens.”
– Caryll Houselander

 

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“MY SINS DROVE THE NAILS INTO YOUR HANDS AND FEET”

Lord Jesus hanging on the Cross, I raise sorrowful and shameful eyes to You. You have granted me untold blessings and I have repaid You by contributing to Your Passion and death. My hands took part in Your scourging, my voice was among those who denied You and called for Your death, my thoughts brought about Your crowning with thorns, my sins drove the nails into Your hands and feet, and the lance into Your side.

Dear Lord, forgive me for all these sins. You are great, glorious, and infinitely good; I am insignificant, selfish, and hopelessly sinful. But I am sorry for all my sins, and by the Blood shed in Your Passion I beg for forgiveness and for a share in Your love and grace. Amen.

 

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AS PILGRIMS, LET US KEEP OUR SIGHTS FIXED ON OUR REAL HOME

Since we pass
through this world
merely as pilgrims
let us keep our sights fixed
on the end of the road,
where our real home lies.

Spurning all wrongdoing,
throwing off
our half-heartedness,
let us strive to please Him
who is everywhere present,
so that with a clear conscience
we can happily pass
along the road
to the home of our heavenly
Father,
from sorrow to joy,
from passing things
to permanent,
from earthly to heavenly,
from death’s domain to life,
where we shall see
heavenly things
face to face, the Ruler of rulers,
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory
for ever and ever.
Amen.
– St Columban

 

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MY LORD AND SAVIOUR, IN YOUR ARMS I AM SAFE

My Lord and my Saviour, in Your arms I am safe; keep me and I have nothing to fear; give me up and I have nothing to hope for. I pray You not to make me rich, I pray You not to make me very poor; but I leave it all to You, because You know and I do not.

If You bring pain and sorrow on me, give me the grace to bear it well. If You give me health and strength and success in this world, keep me ever on my guard lest these great gifts carry me away from You.

Give me ever to aim at setting forth Your glory; to live to and for You; to set a good example to all around me; give me to die just at that time and in that way which is most for Your glory, and best for my salvation. Amen.

– Bl. John Henry Newman

 
 

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