You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
—Job 11:16, NRSVCE
OUR STORY …
Misery is not a fun thing for a mouse to contemplate. Especially not a Cathedral mouse. Fortunately for Herman, he has Bishop Bob to bounce things off when he’s confused or perplexed.
Herman gets that way often.
IT IS WRITTEN …
The Bible says that wicked people will suffer pain throughout their life (Job 15:20). This is a clue as to why misery always seeks company.
There is pain in sin. The suffering is actually a guilty conscience. Deep down inside, people know when they’re doing something that is not good. But sin has a democracy of its own.
If the sinner can entice others to sin too, they somehow hope that the sin will become okay. The more people who share the love of a particular sin, the less evil it seems to be, or so the guilty one thinks. To the miserably guilty person, the sin of others is like evidence they hope will free them from the misery of guilt.
But that’s not the way things work with God.
LIFE GOES ON …
Mankind thinks about good and bad, while God sees holy and unholy.
Mankind wants to normalize sin, while God radiates holiness.
Mankind even tries to legalize sin (remember slavery, Jim Crow, abortion, genocide, low wages, destroying the environment, and discrimination for starters), but unholiness never becomes acceptable to God.
Do good, and do it right. When you live like that, you might experience suffering, but you’ll never know misery. God is love (1John 4:7), and He brings joy to the world.
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!