Whenever we encounter a story in the bible about water, our minds should immediately be drawn to baptism. Just as the water flowing in the first reading gives physical life to all around it, the water of baptism gives spiritual life to all people who encounter it. The gospel challenges us to see the desire of God to save as something very big, very expansive. Salvation is larger and bigger than a narrow view of what the purpose of a rule is in the bible. Are you willing to say yes to the tremendous and expansive love of God?
Homily given on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.