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Liturgical day: Thursday 6th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 16,16-20): «A little while and you will see me no more; and then a little while, and you will see me». Jesus said to his disciples, «A little while and you will see me no more; and then a little while, and you will see me». Some of the disciples wondered, «What does he mean by: ‘A little while and you will not see me, and then a little while and you will see me’? And why did He say: ‘I go to the Father’?». And they said to one another, «What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don't understand». Jesus knew that they wanted to question him; so He said to them, «You are puzzled because I told you that in a little while you will see me no more, and then a little while later you will see me. Truly, I say to you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Jesus words surprise us. The Lord means that when he rises into Heaven, He will not abandon us. God will remain next to us, more closer than ever: because He and the Father will send the Holy Spirit to our hearts, because Christ will be present in the Eucharist when the Apostles begin to celebrate mass…

- We don’t see Jesus as the Apostles saw Him, but we touch Him more than ever. That is why Jesus said: “Your grief will turn into joy”.