Transforming Sorrow to Joy
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For 19 May 2023, Friday before Ascension Sunday, based on John 16:20-23
Jesus said to his disciples, “Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. When a woman is in labour, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.”
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
19 May 2023 @ 11:14 pm
…a very uplifting preaching at this most needed time. Thanks, Beth
19 May 2023 @ 11:30 pm
Thanks, Beth! I listened to your words twice this morning! Yes, as people of hope, how can we “keep from singing.”
Patricia Sullivan OP
19 May 2023 @ 11:43 pm
My heart always leaps for joy when I see you are the preacher. You never disappoint.
Imelda Maurer, CDP
20 May 2023 @ 12:46 am
Thank you, Beth, for a meaty, beautiful reflection.
20 May 2023 @ 1:17 am
Yes, Beth, how can we keep from singing when there is so much beauty surrounding us each day, this is not to discount pain or loss, and destruction in our nations suffering from war. Yet, it is a choice we make daily to trust in the ways of our loving God who tells us that He will be with us and in us till the end of time.
Thank you so much Beth for your profound preaching and always a joyful ending.!
Love and gratitude,
20 May 2023 @ 3:01 am
Thank you for this assurance and also the reminder of the beautiful song.
20 May 2023 @ 3:06 am
I do so appreciate your messages and commentaries. You always manage to capture the essence of any particular scriptural passage and make it blossom into an appropriate tool for today’s ups and downs. It is also very refreshing to experience your choice of vocabulary and calming delivery. Thank you so much!
Patricia Magee OP
20 May 2023 @ 3:21 am
Thank you Beth for the reminder that believing and sharing our Hope in God, especially in such different times, brings joy!
20 May 2023 @ 4:24 am
Balm for the body, mind, soul!
Thank you, Beth.
Beth McCormick, O.P.
20 May 2023 @ 7:24 am
Thank you to all for listening and for your gracious responses to my preaching today.
Joy to the world !!
20 May 2023 @ 12:21 pm
Yes Beth! Joy to the World! You’re preaching on God’s Word today and your response to our comments reminds me that Jesus came to the world to bring such joy. Let’s pray for it now more than ever! Imagine Joy as our next epidemic?!!!