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Sep 10, 2021

‎‏▪️ A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. - John 16:21

‎‏🛑 And He has used a comparison which the Prophets also use continually, likening despondencies to the exceeding pains of childbirth.

‎‏But what He says is of this kind: Travail pains shall lay hold on you, but the pang of childbirth is

‎‏the cause of joy; both confirming His words relative to the Resurrection,

‎‏and showing that the departing hence is like passing from the womb into the light of day.

‎‏As though He had said, Marvel not that I bring you to your advantage through such sorrow, since even a mother to become a mother, passes in like manner through pain.

‎‏Here also He implies something mystical, that He has loosened the travail pangs of death,

and caused a new man to be born of them.

‎‏And He said not, that the pain shall pass away only, but, she does not even remember it,

so great is the joy which succeeds; so also shall it be with the Saints.

And yet the woman does not rejoice because a man has come into the world,

‎‏but because a son has been born to her; since, had this been the case, nothing would have hindered the barren from rejoicing over another who bears.

‎‏Why then spoke He thus? Because He introduced this example for this purpose only, to show that sorrow is for a season,

but joy lasting: and to show that (death) is a translation unto life; and to show the great profit of their pangs.

‎‏He said not, a child has been born, but, A man.

‎‏For to my mind He here alludes to His own Resurrection, and that He should be born not unto that death which bare the birth-pang, but unto the Kingdom.

‎‏Therefore He said not, a child has been born unto her, but, A man has been born into the world.

‎‏St. John Chrysostom

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