17 Feb 2017: Vanities of the World!


Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Gen. 11: 1-9; Ps. 33: 10-15; Gospel: Mk. 8: 34- 9: 1

The first reading cites the dispersing of the people who settled in the valley of Shinar, who spoke the same language and went to the extent of building a city with a tower so high that “it reached the heavens.” Not that God was threatened by their unity and solidarity but was offended by their pride that dictated their actions and motives. As a consequence God disintegrated the whole of mankind by endowing them with different languages and confounding them.

The Gospel of the day surmises the whole of the first reading with Jesus’ words, “What gain, then, is it for anyone to win the whole world and forfeit his life?” Jesus here highlights the significance of life in contrast to the vanities of the world. By these words Jesus exhorts us to strive for what really matters – i.e. life eternal and not for what is transient and vane. He cautions us not to waste our lives over the vanities of this transient world.

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