“Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, ‘Are you discussing with one another what I said, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.’” (JN 16: 19-20)
For the Apostles “a little while” was to wait until Resurrection; for us “a little while” will be on our death or we will await his visible return in glory. So “a little while” in years could be long or short depends on many other factors. The good news is that we will see Him: “our grief will become joy.” And He wants to be with us, He wants to see us and He will come again.
“I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you, and your hearts will rejoice.” (Gospel Acclamation)
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