Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Your Sorrow Will turn to Joy. Friday Sixth Week of Easter

Breakfast With the Word Friday Sixth Week of Easter


John 16:20-23


How do you feel whenever you hear a statement like the one above? Some feel good and give a loud Amen, some people  overlook it, with the reason that it is not the first time they have heard this yet nothing happens while some will  strongly believe.


Sometimes we hear this every time and shout amen but our attitudes and actions go otherwise. We still live like people without hope. Our actions, beliefs and words dance in opposition.  And this continues to affect us. Some who overlook it as mere words forgot that this is one of Jesus’ exact promises to His disciples.


Jesus knows He is separating Himself finally from the apostles. He knows  How painful this might cause. How people are going to laugh and cajole them, He knows the bigger task ahead and how mightily it will besiege on His disciples. Then, Jesus assures them not to worry. He promises them that there is always joy at the end. This is an encouragement that working and suffering for Jesus can never and will never go unrewarded, if not here, but certainly here after. Your Sorrow will turn to Joy one day.  For nothing in life is permanent.


The Certainty



The promise is certain because it comes from Jesus. He does not lie nor forget to keep His promises. We might be suffering now but we have to always know we are not alone.

God whom you trust sees all and can never abandon you at last. Your Sorrow will turn to Joy when you least expect it.

The World may rejoice now but you will have the last laugh. Whatever pain you are going through, always know there is always light at the end of the tunnel for the fact you did not lose your faith along the way.


Your Sorrow Will Turn Joy; An Explanation


In the gospel, Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I tell you most solemnly, you will be weeping and wailing while the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.

To illustrate this, our Lord uses the beautiful figure of childbirth. A woman carries a child for 9 months and is bearing the burden because she is hopeful that something good will come out of it. This is the type of faith God expects us to possess.


3 . Secondly, when a woman is in labour she has pain. This is like a price mothers pay for the child to be born. When we have the price given to us, we should not complain. Every prize comes from a price,  just as every child was a product of the Labour room.


4 . This indicates that difficulties, challenges, Pain, suffering and many uncertainties of life are not supposed to  be the final word for the follower of Jesus. It is a pain that is in labour to bring forth something good. Especially the joy of eternal life.


Therefore, whatever pain you pass through now may be one of the things you supposed to meet before you achieve your goal.


Jesus promises His disciples, because He knows they will suffer but He also knows that their suffering is not a dead end. There is still hope for them. In the same way, we do not live as those who do not have hope.

When you are undergoing a sorrowful moment, do not put a dead end to it when God has not. Do not give up on yourself when God has not. There is still Victory at the end. There is Light at the end of the tunnel.


The Time of Joy


Jesus reminds His disciples about the joy at the end when He says “Your Sorrow Will Turn Joy“. In essence, the sorrows at the moment can still change to Good. It also means that no sorrow is permanent. Also, it means that after a sorrowful times, comes a joyful time.

Once a child is born,  the pain and distress experienced by the mother is changed into joy at the safe birth of her baby.

Relatively all the pain of giving birth is forgotten, so great is the joy of bringing a child into the world. This is how it will be at last for the children of God.


One beautiful thing about this promise is that it came from Jesus. One surprising thing about it, is that the very thing that caused sorrow is also going to be the cause of our joy. He takes the very thing that causes us heartache and sorrow and turns it into a cause of joy. So let us keep our hope alive!!




May God never abandon us and May your light shine even when all hope is lost Amen.




  1. Nancy chizoba says

    Amen 🙏 thank you fr. for this encouraging words.

  2. Okonkwo onyinye says


  3. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro to the glory of God’s name, Amen

  4. Uchenna Agina says


  5. Okafor Chidimma says

    Amen. Today’s reflection seems to be for me. Thank God for reviving my faith and making me stronger at this moment. God bless you fr. For allowing yourself to be an instrument of God

  6. Mariajacinta Ivoke says


  7. Ejimmadu Noel says


  8. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for your assuring words this morning.

  9. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    In jesus name amen🙏

  10. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr. These words today are for Me
    I pray that God will continue to impact more wisdom n Grace to U.
    Thank you Fr

  11. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    I believe and have faith God will answer my prayers,noithing is permanent.Lord Jesus I put my trust in you,Amen🙏

  12. Eze Juliana Nkechi says


  13. Jane chuks says

    Ameeeeeeeeen 🙌
    I believe ✅

  14. Grace Uba says


  15. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen

  16. Regina Mobu says


  17. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says


  18. Chisom Egwudike says


  19. Ogechi Anugwom says


  20. Gloria says


  21. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  22. Grace Yina says


  23. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏. Thank you Jesus because you always keep your promises. You never fail.

  24. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  25. Chidiebere says

    Amen and Amen

  26. GeraldineMary says


  27. Favour Charles says

    Thanks Fr, for the enriching reflection.
    I’m awesomely encouraged!

  28. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!

  29. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, Oh God let us strongly believe that at the end of tunnel the must be a light. That’s will help us to understand the word of God perfectly.

  30. Udemezue Martina Mary says


  31. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, Oh God let us strongly believe that at the end of tunnel the must be a light. That’s will help us to understand the word of God perfectly, our sorrow will turn into joy in Jesus name amen.

  32. Agudosi Cordelia chinyere says


  33. Ahamefula Chinwe Stellamaris says

    Thank you dear Lord for this great words of assurance.That which is causing me pain now will turn to my source of joy IJN Amen

  34. Dr. Julie says

    Amen 🙏

  35. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    A big Amen

  36. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

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