⏰Thursdayfb_img_1474532217792 of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 Sept. 2020)

📖Eccl 1:2-11; Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.1); Luke 9:7-9


Good morning dear friend. Thank you for your patience with me. I’m sorry for coming on this late. The spirit is very willing but the body weak. Keep me in your prayers for good health and more strength.

The Preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes had one mission in mind – to find out where lies the value of all things. He searched for this value in pleasure, knowledge, labour, time, friend, wealth, women, etc but always found meaninglessness in all these. That is why he began the book by saying, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Eccl 1:2).

Everything in this world will fail – friends, authority, wealth, fame. But there is something that would never fail – God. That is why the composer of that book concluded with these words of exultation, “Fear God and obey his precepts, for man depends entirely on this” (Eccl 12:13).

Let us learn from the experience of Herod the tetrarch in Luke 9:7-9. Even with all his wealth, fame and power, he became wearied at the deeds of Jesus because his previous evil deeds were catching up with him.

How do we use the opportunities that come to us in life? Do we use the authority and wealth that we are given to oppress people? Is our influence channeled towards to good of others for the sake of Christ and not for our own glory?

Things in this world are good but it would be better if they help us to gain the things of the kingdom of God. Jesus said, “Store up treasures for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief break in and steal it” (Matt 6:20).

As you make effort to place your trust in God, may he never abandon you in your times of trial and, especially, at the time of judgement in his kingdom. Amen.

Have a joyful day devoid of hopelessness. Peace be with you.

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