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September 27, 2018 (Thursday of Week 25: St Vincent de Paul)

 

Vanity of Vanities

 

Dear friends in Christ, today we celebrate one of the icons of charity in Christendom—St Vincent de Paul. He was a Parish Priest in Paris who dedicated his whole life to the service of the poor and the less privileged. He saw it as an honour to be given the chance to serve the poor and invested his whole self into it, he called them ‘Master.’ He is the founder of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Today’s first reading (Ecclesiastes 1:2-11) was written by a man called Qoheleth about 220 BC. Qoheleth, means ‘man of the assembly’ – One who teaches wisdom to many disciples. He lived at a time when Israel was undergoing many changes: the economy was in full bloom, many foreign traders were coming to buy agricultural products from big land-owners; and trade in slaves, cattle, gold, pearls, etc were booming. Many people were fascinated by: wealth, new fashion, ways and customs. Qoheleth saw many people giving up the faith and religious practice for the passing things.

He therefore challenges everyone with his message on vanity. The word 'vanity’ appears five times in the opening sentence of this selection. The word translates as ‘meaninglessness’ or ‘transitoriness.’ In its ordinary translation it should mean ‘vapour,’ a 'puff of wind' or ‘breath,’ in other words, something that passes quickly, or something futile or unsatisfying. He says, “Vanity of vanities…vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” The truth is that, we must strive with care, about the things of the world, because the world is passing. Nothing is new, it is only new to you.

Today's gospel (Luke 9:7-9) presents the curiosity of Herod concerning the person of Jesus. On hearing of the fame of Jesus, he was told by some, that it was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead. Others told him, Elijah had appeared; while others said one of the prophets of old had risen. Herod however wondered, “John, I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things.” Herod had killed John, to satisfy a little girl who danced so well at his banquet. He had promised her to ask for anything, even to half of his kingdom. The girl's mother on a revenge mission, saw this as a unique opportunity and so demanded for the head of the prophet on a platter. For John had told Herod, that it was wrong to have married the brother’s wife. She got her wish, ‘the head of John on a platter,’ and now Herod himself is troubled on hearing of the fame of Jesus. There are people in our society today, who do what they know to be wrong, to prove that they are courageous. They often become troubled in conscience and run from pillar to post looking for remedy. How do you treat those who confront you with the truth? Do you silence the prophets in your life by getting rid of them? You will soon come to understand that power is passing, be careful what you do with it.

 

 

Let us pray: O Lord, make me strong and courageous to proclaim the truth and so be your faithful follower. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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