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Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter

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Gospel text (Jn 16:20-23): "So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you." Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

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.