Today's Gospel: John 16:20-23
Optional Memorial of Saint Isidore
What a beautiful Gospel we have today. This Gospel offers us hope. Though we may endure suffering now, one day our sufferings will be a long lost memory. Jesus promises us that one day he “will see [us] again, and [our] hearts will rejoice, and no one will take [our] joy away from [us].” That promise eases the pain of suffering. Knowing that one day I will be with Christ and the joy he offers me will be everlasting, comforts me.
On this day, how can I offer up my suffering to Christ? How can I share the promise of Christ with those around me who suffer?
Father, today I come to you with my suffering. Please ease my pain with the promise of eternal salvation and joy. Help me to share the joy you offer me with others.
We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.
Copyright 2015 Lorrie Lane Dyer
About the Author
Lorrie Lane Dyer is a facilitator for the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation with the University of Dayton as well as religious education and parish coordinator. She is working on her Masters of Leadership Development, with a focus in Military Chapel programs at St. Mary of the Woods College. Her faith provides her with inspiration for many of her poetry collections, columns and short stories.