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. Blessing Chilo Adie says

    Help us oh Lord to keep our hope alive for no matter what we go through in this life can never be compared to the joys of the Life hereafter through Christ our Lord Amen

  2. Ugwu Obianuju G says


  3. Mailoushi James says

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

  4. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen. May the name of the Lord be praised now and forever. Amen. Thank you Padre for today’s message, God bless you.

  5. Obinna says


    Thank you Fr.

  6. Adichie Chizoba says


  7. Ijeoma Ugorji says


  8. Obizolu Assumpta says

    Amen and Amen

  9. biira Jetress says

    Thanks so much father,may the almighty God bless you

  10. Kaycee Omeke says

    May never abandon Your daughter O Lord in this my situation.

    Thank you Fr

  11. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr.

  12. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen Amen Amen

  13. Olomu Chinedu says


  14. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen,they is always light in the end of the tunnel,no suffering is permanent.every suffering,there is joy🙏🙏🙏

  15. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen ooo

  16. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says


  17. Alphonsus says

    Amen. Thank your beloved Padre. You are indeed a blessing.😍

  18. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


  19. Tochukwu Francis says

    O Lord my God, please make haste to help me

  20. Ifionu Anthonia says

    Amen to the glory of God the Father. God bless you Fr.

  21. Charles Ndubuisi says

    Amen 🙏

  22. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr

  23. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for giving me hope.

  24. Uzoma Daniel chidera says


  25. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  26. Danny Hansel says


  27. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you father for all your encouragements.

  28. Adeline Chidimma says

    May my light shine even when all hope is lost Amen and Amen. Thank You Jesus

  29. Ifesinachi Okeke says

    Amen 🙏

  30. Rosemary Umeze says


  31. Ogechi Anugwom says


  32. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  33. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna says

    Amen. Our Redeemer Liveth.

  34. Julie says

    Amen! My sorrow will turn to Joy.

  35. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  36. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, same to you Fr.

  37. Chisom Egwudike says


  38. Michael Jones says


  39. Helen says

    Amen!!! Thank You Jesus for Your gifts and promises. I do believe 🙌🙌

    Thank you Padre. God bless you always 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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