Jesus was aware of the pain and suffering he would have to undertake in the process of restoring the Kingdom of God on earth. Jesus was the doorway into this process. When he says: “this is but the beginning of the birthpangs,” he is telling his disciples, and perhaps himself, not to get caught up with fear about the things that scare us, but rather to focus on the accomplishment of the process: new life!
-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE