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Gospel: John 16:20-23
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 her 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.

Success and failure, joy and sorrow, victory and defeat – these aren’t only experiences one goes through in life,
they are expe­riences one goes through as he seeks to live his faith authentically and as he witnesses to it.
The disciples and the early Christian church didn’t always succeed in what they had set out to accomplish;
but neither did they always fail. For every person who did not believe the Good News,
there were more who believed and were baptized. But the apostles just kept ­going, trus­ting that in the end,
it wasn’t their work they were doing, it was God’s work. And in his own time, he will see to its completion.
They are but instruments, they are but messengers; he and he alone is the message,
and it is his will alone that in the end will be fulfilled. Because of this,
they experienced neither pride when they succee­ded, nor despair when they failed.
All things were in God’s hands.

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