Local Homilies

ORDINARY TIME SEPTEMBER 24
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11; Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17; Luke 9:7-9
WE ARE NOT CREATED FOR VANITIES
We are reminded today that “vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” If we do not understand this earlier, we may spend our entire life on vain things.
▪Recently, I saw a video clip of large amount of money hoarded somewhere in one part of the world, with many stories surrounding it. One version said that the owner was once in political office and was able to grab more than enough, but was unable to enjoy the fruits of his labour before the ugly hands of death held him. The said amount is approximately above 2 million dollars.
~ The money was no longer good to be used because of where and how long it was stored. The owner did not tell others that such amount was there. The owner is gone as well as the money too.
~ May we always remember that nothing lasts forever. Wherever you are now; in whatever positions we are occupying presently, may we remember that everything is temporal.
▪Just because of maintaining his temporal honour, Herod had to give the head of John the Baptist, to fulfil his oath. When he heard about Jesus, he longed to see him to fulfil his curiosity that it was not John. Most of the things people die for or are killed for are not far from the same vanity. Nations: rising against nations; kingdoms against kingdoms; families against each other; races against races; religion against each other; political parties against each other, are greatly driven by the love of vanity.
~ We hate each other and kill each other for vanities. Our competitions against one another are motivated by this great love for vanities.
~ Our hearts have become theatres of hatreds and evil because where one’s treasure is, there will the heart be also, (c.f. Matthew 6:21).
▪Dear friend, if we live for vanities, we will die for vanities. Those who die for vanities are lost forever and not remembered. They are like fools who built their houses on sand, (c.f. Matthew 7:27). Eternal life is too precious to be exchanged for anything. Everything can be replaced, but eternal life cannot be, once lost.
~ May God give us the wisdom to live our lives thinking about eternity and not for vanities. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
“Vanity sows wicked anxiety, takes away peace. It’s like those who put on too much make-up, and then are afraid the rain will come and all that make-up will come streaming down.” Pope Francis
May God save us from the love of vanities
God bless you
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Stowe and Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Morrisville, Vermont, USA