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Liturgical day: Friday 6th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 16,20-23a): «You feel sorrowful now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice. And no one will take your joy from you». Jesus said to his disciples, «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. A woman in childbirth is in distress because her time is at hand. But after the child is born, she no longer remembers her suffering because of such great joy: a human being is born into the world. You feel sorrowful now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice. And no one will take your joy from you. When that day comes you will not ask me anything. Truly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my Name, He will give you».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus repeats that we will feel his closeness and that He will accompany us in our troubled times. Doing good requires effort. There is not a noble ideal that reached without sacrifice. When we do good, our joy is great and we do not remember our difficulties.

- Jesus asks us to fight to be good as He is, and if we accept His help, God himself guides us to sanctity, to Heaven. Neither here, nor there, no one will be able to take away our joy of living with Jesus.