Your grief will be turn to Joy
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK
Acts 18:9-18, Jn 16: 20-23. Today’s first reading reports Paul’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem by taking the Jewish Nazirite vow (Num. 6:1-21). With dedication to God, he shaved his head and would not cut his hair until the vow is completed. From then, he followed strict dietary laws and keep himself ceremonially pure. It looks as though he had returned more fully to Jewish practice and immersed himself in traditional Jewish customs, before leaving Cenchreae, the seaport of Corinth and sailing for Jerusalem.
Evidently, God’s will for Paul’s lifestyle was still being clarified – he thought long and hard about what he ought to do. This brings to mind the words of Jesus about a woman in labour, about birth-pangs followed by joy. In some sense, we are like that pregnant woman, for we are called to commit ourselves to our work, when often the future is not clear. However, we have the assurance of Jesus that “your grief will be turned into joy.” As recounted in today’s Gospel, Jesus’ invisible presence helps us to deal with each issue, as it arises.
May the Lord keep safe those whom He has saved by His kindness, that, redeemed by the Passion of His Son, we may rejoice in His Resurrection! Amen!! Have a wonderful day!!!