The first reading at Mass today, the 18th Sunday of the Year, comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes. In a firm way the writer of this inspired book points to the way that the things of this world are passing, as indeed – in this world – so are we.
Vanity of vanities, Qoheleth says. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity!
For so it is that a man who has laboured wisely, skilfully and successfully must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all. This, too, is vanity and great injustice; for what does he gain for all the toil and strain that he has undergone under the sun? What of all his laborious days, his cares of office, his restless nights? This, too, is vanity.
We find our lasting significance in the life of heaven, in our communion with Christ, in the household of God.
- What matters to you?
- What matters to God?
Street Sign, Regent Square. London. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.