Vanity or Blessing

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Greetings on this the Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: ECCL 1:2-11; PS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 AND 17BC; LK 9:7-9
Notes: A life’s course can be one of vanity or blessing.
Sometimes you fall but I hope you aright yourself and get back to a life of blessing.

Everyone works.
We all work to pay rent and buy food.
But the scope of our work is not only rent and food. It is the entirety of our life course.
Some work on good things and others not-so-good things.

It is the Lord who helps us to choose rightly, the right work.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!

King Herod, the tetrarch, led a vain life.

Scripture examples in relation to Jesus and Herod’s vanity:

Curiosity, self-indulgent, advantage, and without remorse
But Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see him (LK 9:9).

Revenge, and without understanding
At that time some Pharisees came to him and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem (Lk 13:31-33).

Jesus’ trial, curiosity, acquisition, and without remorse
Herod was very glad to see Jesus; he had been wanting to see him for a long time, for he had heard about him and had been hoping to see him perform some sign (Lk 23:8).

Revenge and alliance with evil
He questioned him at length, but he gave him no answer. The chief priests and scribes, meanwhile, stood by accusing him harshly. [Even] Herod and his soldiers treated him contemptuously and mocked him, and after clothing him in resplendent garb, he sent him back to Pilate. Herod and Pilate became friends that very day, even though they had been enemies formerly (Lk 23:9-12).

First reading
What profit has man from all the labor
which he toils at under the sun?

Responsorial Psalm
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!

Alleluia Verse
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.

Gospel Portion
Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed.

There was no room in him for the Holy.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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