Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Jesus says to his disciples, “You will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” Jesus tells his disciples that life will be hard and we will struggle, but we must remain faithful. God will always be here for us and help guide us through this journey we call life. Jesus is our protector and he states, “Do not be afraid, go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.”
We are encouraged to spread the word of God and spread a message of love and mercy. When we spread God’s message of love and mercy, we will see God’s love for us and realize that we need not be afraid. How does God show you his love for yourself?
―Danielle Stone ’16 is a junior and is the second Loyola Academy student to contribute a PrayLA reflection.
We pray for the grace to “be not afraid” as we live and preach the Gospel in our daily lives. Christ is always with us. Christ goes before us. And Jesus will never leave us alone! As Pope Francis reminds us: “After suffering comes the Lord, comes joy, and after the darkness comes the sun.”
―George Penman Sullivan, Jr.
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