Word of the day
Reading of the day
Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
What profit has man from all the labor
which he toils at under the sun?
One generation passes and another comes,
but the world forever stays.
The sun rises and the sun goes down;
then it presses on to the place where it rises.
Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north,
the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.
All rivers go to the sea,
yet never does the sea become full.
To the place where they go,
the rivers keep on going.
All speech is labored;
there is nothing one can say.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing
nor is the ear satisfied with hearing.
What has been, that will be;
what has been done, that will be done.
Nothing is new under the sun.
Even the thing of which we say, "See, this is new!"
has already existed in the ages that preceded us.
There is no remembrance of the men of old;
nor of those to come will there be any remembrance
among those who come after them.
Gospel of the day
Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying,
"John has been raised from the dead";
others were saying, "Elijah has appeared";
still others, "One of the ancient prophets has arisen."
But Herod said, "John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?"
And he kept trying to see him.
Words of the Holy Father
Vanity makes us bloat, but it does not last long, as it is like a bubble, and never brings any true gain. Yet, man is anxious to appear a certain way, to pretend, and to resemble. To put it simply: Vanity is putting makeup on one’s life. And this renders the soul sick, because one puts makeup on his life in order to appear and to seem a certain way, and all of the things that he does are to pretend, out of vanity, and in the end what does he gain?. Vanity is like osteoporosis of the soul: the bones look good from the outside, but on the inside they are ruined. Furthermore: Vanity leads us to fraud. (Santa Marta, 22 September 2016)