Vanity of Vanities

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Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 25, 2014



First Reading: ECCL 1:2-11

Responsorial Psalm: PS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 AND 17BC

Gospel: LK 9:7-9



Let us reflect on what the Psalm tells us today, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” Yes, our number of days in this world is counted. It is a reality that all of us dies. However, if we think that our life here on earth is the only life we live, we are living in vanity. This is what Qoheleth, in our first reading tells us, “vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” All things are vanity because it does not give us life that never ends. Life on earth is plain vanity of vanities since there is nothing it offers that are of true value to life. Everything passes away.

Yet, we say that in our post modern world, there is always something new that is introduced even new ways to prolong life. But nothing truly matters because even if life is extended, we are not forever alive in this world We die and we will be forgotten. Life on earth if live only in this world is indeed a vanity of vanities.

This is the reason why we need to pray, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” The psalmist recognizes that there is more to life than what this world offers. Jesus is the answer to the prayer in the psalm, teach us to number our days aright. He offers something new. He teaches us how to gain wisdom of heart by living according to God’s commandments. Jesus Himself showed us the kind of life we are to live in this world that leads to eternal life. He showed it in His life, His passion and death and in His resurrection. For us Christians, our faith tells us that when we die, we rise to live onto eternal life. 

Herod the Tetrach, recognized that Jesus offers something new. It aroused his curiosity but he could not quite grasp it. And He never did exert an effort to accept what Jesus offers. He had an opportunity once when Jesus was presented to him. Nonetheless, he clung to his vanity. We too, like Herod must also be curious. But unlike Herod, we must make extra efforts to grasp and to own the eternal life Jesus offers us by living a life here on earth following the precepts of the Lord. In this way, we not be trapped in this world of vanity of vanities.


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