"Múlier cum parit, tristítiam habet, quia venit hora ejus: cum autem pepérerit púerum, jam non méminit pressúræ propter gáudium, quia natus est homo in mundum. Et vos ígitur nunc quidem tristítiam habétis, íterum autem vidébo vos, et gaudébit cor vestrum: et gáudium vestrum nemo tollet a vobis."
"A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. So also you now indeed have sorrow: but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice: and your joy no man shall take from you."
-Words taken from the Holy Gospel for the Third Sunday After Easter
It is very easy to look at our sufferings and to start counting the months/years/decades that a particular ailment has been inflicting us. It can feel like it has been forever and maybe for some of us, we are not able to recall how it was to live life before having the particular cross that is making us suffer. Our Lord in today's Gospel reminds us about how short life is and how the sufferings of this life cannot be compared to the joys of the next. If we suffer here patiently with full trust in Christ, He will provide us the necessary means to carry our Cross into heaven. It will not be easy. We may have to suffer even more sufferings in the future (one should read the Roman Martyrology during Prime if they have a chance every morning to see this point) however eventually it will all end.
Just keep carrying your Cross. It is not easy but we have this one life to build up merit and then we will be with Him forever in eternity! How much peace this should bring us. Let us always keep these words of Our Lord's in front of us as we live through our daily trials,
"your joy no man shall take from you."26 April 2015
Third Sunday After Easter