Brothers: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.
Second reading for Sunday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
St Paul writes with an intense awareness that so many of the things which matter so much and seem so fixed and permanent part of our lives are in fact passing. They have their importance and often an abiding significance but they are not of themselves the sure foundation for our lives.
God alone provides such a foundation. In him all other things find their place, and from him we find their true value.
View across the Roman Forum. (c) 2005, Allen Morris