Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 26, A.D. 2002

Eclesiastes 1:2-11
Psalm 90:3-6,12-14,17
Luke 9:7-9

A reflection on today's Sacred Scripture:

Today's First Reading from Ecclesiastes is filled with comments on the temporal and often futile nature of man's activities and undertakings. The statement that "all things are vanity" sums up the wisdom of this passage.

Only when we are willing to be accused by such truths can the process of detachment from "worthless" attitudes, behaviors and possessions begin. I say this after having spent half of the day resting in the belief that restoring myself to health and a feeling of energetic well being is important. I look around and see a myriad of things that make me happy, knowing full well that in the equation of life they are, as Holy Scripture says, vanities.

I'm not trying to read in between the lines, but I see in all these seemingly worthless activities and possessions not the hand of the malevolent Evil One, but the gentle hand of God who lures me with His goodness, who wants me happy and well and who uses the things of this world to lead me to Him.

The question becomes; how do we use the things of the world? Do they lead me to greater love and generosity, or do they lead me to possessiveness and self absorption? We are constantly faced with this question and the choices presented.

Only with God's grace and our cooperation with His grace will the choices we make regarding the goods of this world ever be in conformation with His will. Let us then pray for the Light of the Holy Spirit which alone can reveal what has true worth, what really motivates us and finally, what God would have us do with the gifts both spiritual and material that we have received.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. (Psalm 90:12)

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds (drn3rd@hotmail.com)

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