P: The Holy Gospel according to John.
C: Glory be to Thee, O Lord
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the
Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on
his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you
the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and
declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take
what is mine and declare it to you.
Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy: “A little while, and you will see me no longer;
and again a little while, and you will see me.” So some of his disciples said to one
another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me,
and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the
Father’?” So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not
know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said
to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little
while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Truly,
truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be
sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she
has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no
longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the
world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will
rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise be to Thee, O Christ.