Wisdom 3:1-9; Psalms 23:1-6; Romans 5:5-11; John 6:37-40
Near the end of his life, the Roman Emperor Severus gave a kind of farewell speech to his countrymen. In it he summed up his life of fame and power with these words:
ìI have seen everything, and everything is nothing.î Then holding up the little vase which would soon contain his ashes, Severus exclaimed, ìLittle urn, in a short time you will enclose someone for whom the world was too little.î
If our quest for fulfillment, our quest for wholeness of life, is not God-centered, we are bound to discover, as the Emperor Severus discovered, that indeed the world is too little.
ìWhat then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life?î Jesus said to His disciples (Mt. 16:26).
Remember the Gospel Episode in which the rich young man came to Jesus and asked Him what He must do to gain eternal life? Remember Jesusí answer? ìIf you wish to be perfect, go and sell what you own…