Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092216.cfm
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.
“Nothing is new under the sun.” We need to pay more attention to this phrase. We think we are so smart, so advanced, so sophisticated, but we are only fooling ourselves! If you read the word of God you see all the mistakes that we make today, you see the consequences, but we are foolish enough to think we can do it “better”! We cannot and one day we will learn this lesson. Are you smarter than God? If you answered yes, you need to go back to His word and learn His truth.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I keep my eyes and ears focused on you and avoid the traps this world sets. There is nothing in this world that can be done that you have not seen before. Help me to remember that fact and seek you when I doubt. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.