Without Jesus, life has no meaning: A homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Kids-ClubToday’s first reading resonates with a lot of folks.  “Job spoke, saying: Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?”  Job wonders…why are we here?  I eat, sleep, work.  Eat. Sleep. Work. Eat. Sleep. Work.  And so on.

Lots of young folks start to ask that question as they grow up.  Why are we here?  We go to school, so we can go to more school, and more school….and then a job, and another job.  What’s the point?  Why???

What gives it all meaning is love….and God is love.  Love is in the midst of it all.  When Jesus is there, love is part of everything.  He’s part of the school. Part of the work. Part of the family. Part of what otherwise would just be drudgery.

Can you imagine life without God?  A life without love?  (Remember…God = love).  My gosh it’s depressing.  It’s drudgery and nothing more.

But with God, with love…the life is worth it

That’s why people search for Jesus so naturally.  We need to know there is more.  We know we were made of something more.  And we discover that “more” in our Jesus.

Look at our Gospel.  I love this: “When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door.”

They bring the sick, the searching and sorrowful to Jesus, and it turns out that’s everybody: the whole town shows up at his door.  Because we’re all looking for Jesus….because without Jesus life is meaningless!  Which is another way of saying, with love, life is meaningless!  There’s no joy, no love, no nothing…just Eat. Sleep. Work. Eat. Sleep. Work.

Praise Jesus now and forever….for all he gives us….for giving us himself!