Commentary on the Gospel of
READ: Jeremiah contrasts those who “trust in men” with those who trust in God--the latter, like a tree planted by the water. For Christians, according to Paul, that means trusting in Christ’s resurrection. Jesus also contrasts those who put their trust in worldly wisdom instead of in God’s promises.
REFLECT: A tree planted in dry land is an apt reference for those who seek happiness or fulfillment in the things of this world. Similarly, for those who seek success only in this life. Such, according to St. Paul, are “the most unfortunate of men.” They are planting a tree amidst thistles, in parched desert land. Jesus instead blesses those who are poor, who hunger, who weep, who face insults and persecution. To follow Jesus is to enter an upside-down kingdom, where what was up is down; what seemed like solid ground is now over our heads; where what was dead is now alive!
PRAY: Lord, let us feast in hope, laugh and rejoice in your promises, and believe in the good news that Jesus is truly risen!
ACT: Think of an experience of success; think of an experience of failure? How would God’s perspective on these experiences differ from the judgment of “the world?”