Commentary on the Gospel of

Eduardo Madrazo, cmf

It was not easy for Jesus to make his disciples overcome their sadness after the announcement of his departure. This is not too much different from us, many times; for us it is hard to overcome sadness in difficult moments.

The Gospel of John contains the promise of Jesus about joy: your sadness will turn into joy. We are perhaps not very accustomed to reflect on the joy of Jesus. Jesus’ joy is a Paschal joy that overcome sadness.

A feature of the life of the believer should be joy. Pope Francis reminds us that a disciple should be cheerful person. " There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved " (EG6). God's infinite love is the foundation of our joy. Even when death and life, sadness and joy, health and pain are still part of our humanity and part of our lives. It is a deep, not superficial, joy that sometimes passes through the crucible of pain and resignation but is fertile in life. It is the joy of the grain of wheat that dies to give fruit. It is the joy of the mother before the new life that has sprung from it. We will not find a person more joyful than a Christian who lives fully his vocation of service to others.

From the standpoint of the Passover, the security of knowing we are invited to the endless feast of love, should be enough reason to overcome the sadness and the pain of everything that is not final. If we really believe that our sadness will turn into joy, let's live this day in attitude of service. Jesus’ joy is with you, share it with everyone that today will be in contact with you.

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