Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 6, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"But your grief will become joy. . ."
Jesus tells us that when a woman is in labor all that she knows for that
time is the pain and "grief" of the labor -- the hardship. Once she has
given birth she knows the joy of the little one she holds in her hands.
We who are in the world, labor in grief to bring forth new life. Jesus is
the one who bestows this new life in God, but we labor shedding the old
person and putting on the new person. In a sense we are both the ones who
are in labor and the one who is born. We are born from the Holy Spirit of
God. One of the Church Fathers said, "Every man is conceived twice, once in
the flesh and once in the spirit. But it is the birth in the spirit that is
the birth unto eternal life."
So our labor has a meaning and an end. At that end we will be born again
into the life of the world hereafter. God will take us in His arms and hold
us close to Him, as a father rejoicing in the birth of a child, in the
addition of a new member to the family.
Lives of the saints:
Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter
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