Vanity, Vanity, All Is Vanity

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vanity, Vanity, all is Vanity!

Along the way, I met people who remembered me as a model young mother. That worried me because I felt that the evil One was tempting me with vanity. I implored: “Dear heavenly Mother, I do not want to ever be unfaithful to you. Do not abandon me, hold me tight. I do not trust myself. My steps are so unsteady (Elizabeth) (1961-1962)

Today’s Readings: For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun? All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation; even at night his mind is not at rest. This also is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, today’s readings of the Mass remind us of the shortness of our days. The Psalm asks You to teach us the number of our days (Psalm 90). The Gospel reminds us that we are to build up treasure in Heaven, not on Earth. (Luke 12). It is so easy to get caught up in the vanities of life here on Earth but we are but sojourners here on our way to Heaven. Lord through the Immaculate Heart of Mary help us to offer each day to You, not our will but Yours be done, and guide our unsteady steps to Heaven so that we don’t get stuck in things that just don’t matter!

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