Perhaps you have heard the expression, “Life is like a bowl full of
cherries.” It is a phrase designed to tell us that life is just simply
wonderful, in fact, that it cannot get better. Today’s first reading and
gospel tell a different story about the Christian life. Doing the right
thing does not always appear to be wonderful. In fact, doing the right
thing, living as God wants us to live, is in fact, sometimes, the recipe
to things appearing to get worse, not better. Jeremiah is threatened
with death for being God’s prophet. Jesus is attacked for liberating the
possessed. And we too, in our lives, can find that when we do what is
right, we too can be threatened or persecuted. But in all of this, God
is always with us. And as long as we know that, we too, like Jeremiah
and Jesus, will have great cause for joy.
Readings for Today
Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Town and Country, Missouri.