Again Jesus talks of the sorrow that turns to joy. His going shall cause immense pain but his rising shall bring great joy. Jesus shows his humanity so often in the way he speaks spiritual truths. In this passage he refers to a woman giving birth and how her pain turns to joy. His undestanding of human nature should be a consolation to us because he knows our fears, worries and every other human emotion we have. The wonderful thing about Jesus is that he is not some far away God. He is near at hand, almost within our grasp. And he always shows concern for us. In this passage he prepares the disciples for the joy that the world shall feel at his death but assures them that he shall return again. When the crunch comes the apostles cannot hope to understand all that Jesus said. It is only in hindsight, with the help of the Holy Spirit who calls all things to mind, that they see clearly what Jesus was saying. "When that day comes you will not ask me any questions," because the Spirit shall give undestanding to their minds. That's what the Spirit does, he reveals the meaning of who Jesus was and what he said. The Church in these days is preparing us for Pentecost. The readings all point to the illuminating grace of the Spirit.