25th Week in Ordinary Time
All things are vanity! (Ecclesiastes 1:2)
Wait a minute! Aren’t the Scriptures supposed to be encouraging and joyful? After reading Qoheleth’s complaints, you may be wondering how the Book of Ecclesiastes even ended up included in the Scriptures! But surprising as it may be, this frustrated and annoyed writer could be considered a great hero of faith.
Most scholars today believe that Ecclesiastes was written some time in the two to three centuries before Christ. The author wrote under the name “Qoheleth,” which means “preacher” in Hebrew, but it’s not certain who he was. One thing is certain, however: he didn’t mince words when he considered the state of human life!
Qoheleth was brutally honest when he described the cycle of life. He didn’t sugarcoat the sometimes meaningless labors and injustices that we face. He didn’t smile and pretend that everything was fine. He confronted life’s inconsistencies, acknowledged them, but continued to believe in God and to trust him to make sense out of things. Now that’s a heroic example of faith!
Imagine if Qoheleth had had the benefit of knowing Christ! In light of the resurrection, all the twists and turns of life begin to make sense. All of the longing for something more can be fulfilled now that heaven has been opened. Our challenges have meaning and purpose because we know that the universe really is going somewhere!
This is where you stand today. You know about Christ! You are a child of the resurrection! Think of how much broader that makes your perspective. You can take a long, hard look at your life and the world around you and still proclaim, “No matter how meaningless things seem, no matter how fleeting or confusing, I know that my Redeemer lives! I know he is with me!” The troubling evidence before you doesn’t have to shake your faith; it’s just the beginning of eternal life.
So don’t be afraid of the chaos of life. Go ahead, and ask the tough questions. Just make sure you’re asking the right Person. And then open your ears to hear the hope-filled answers he wants to give you.
“Father, it can be hard to believe when I think about all the things that don’t seem fair in life. But I trust you. I choose to believe that you have it all under control!”