Greatest Desire in Life: 22nd Sunday Year A Homily 2017

Theology 1 summer 2017 homily thoughts

Friends, I have a challenging question to ask you today.

What is your greatest desire in life? 

I remember when I was growing up, my greatest desire in life was to be a professional golfer. I would practice every single day throughout the entire year. Working hours on end to be the best. To get that scholarship to a NCAA Div1 school in California. To get on the PGA Tour.

But I realized in my final year of college golf that my greatest desire in life far exceeded my dreams of professional golf… I wanted the fullness of life, of joy, everlasting happiness… I began to express what we hear in today’s Responsorial Psalm.

“O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you… Your steadfast love is better than life” (Ps 63)

St. Augustine realized this too… “My heart is restless until it rests in you O Lord!”

I want you to think again about that question I asked you…

What is your greatest desire in life? 


In today’s 1st reading, Jeremiah gives us a perfect example of the struggle involved. He first resisted the call. God gave Jeremiah a terribly hard message to deliver to his people. Warn Israel and tell them to surrender to their enemies. But Jeremiah’s greatest desire in life was to be a prophet and proclaim the word of God! Listen again to what Jeremiah realizes…

9 If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.


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