Eccl 1:2-11 Vanity of vanities

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Reading 1 Eccl 1:2-11

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
What profit has man from all the labor
which he toils at under the sun?
One generation passes and another comes,
but the world forever stays.
The sun rises and the sun goes down;
then it presses on to the place where it rises.
Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north,
the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.
All rivers go to the sea,
yet never does the sea become full.
To the place where they go,
the rivers keep on going.
All speech is labored;
there is nothing one can say.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing
nor is the ear satisfied with hearing.

What has been, that will be;
what has been done, that will be done.
Nothing is new under the sun.
Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!”
has already existed in the ages that preceded us.
There is no remembrance of the men of old;
nor of those to come will there be any remembrance
among those who come after them.

Prayer: (Ronald Raab, CSC)
Lord God, my eyes are never satisfied with what is and my ears wait for more. Forever do I see and hear the refrain from your heart that I cannot be in control or fashion life into my own ways. Allow me to feel the sun of a new day. Radiant from within my heart your love, kindness and gentleness. Open my eyes and ears. Help me appreciate all that has been and to be grateful for all that will be. I stand in awe of you with a deep, refreshed breath of peace. Amen

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