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A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me

[Acts 23:1–11; John 16:15–23] The Lord says to the holy apos­tles before His suf­fer­ings: A lit?tle while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a lit­tle while, and ye shall see me (John 16:16). The Lord’s suf?ferings and death so struck the holy apos­tles that the eyes of their mind became dim, and they no longer saw the Lord as the Lord The light was hid­den, and they sat in a bit­ter and weari­some dark­ness. The light of Christ’s res­ur­rec­tion dis­persed this dark­ness — and they again saw the Lord. Thus the Lord Him­self ex?plained His words: ye shall weep, He said, and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and ye shall be sor­row­ful, but your sor­row shall be turned into joy (John 16:20). It is said that every soul on the way to per­fec­tion expe?riences a sim­i­lar defeat. Uni­ver­sal dark­ness cov­ers it, and it does not know where to go; but the Lord comes, and changes its sor­row into joy. It is tru­ly as nec­es­sary as it is for a woman to suf­fer before a man be born of her into the world. Can’t we con­clude from this that he who has not expe­ri­enced this has not yet giv­en birth to a real Chris­t­ian with?in him­self?

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse