Jesus said many things that His disciples did not understand. We see this in today’s Gospel reading from Luke 9. Jesus tells them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” They didn’t understand, and were afraid to question Him further about this.
In the first reading today from Ecclesiastes 11 and 12, we see more of the sacred author’s fatalistic view of life. He says, in essence, to enjoy your youth, cause the day will come when you will die. Hmm…seems to me we’re all on that track.
Youth is an interesting concept. When does our youth end? At 18? 21? When we get a job or get married? There are some who feel as though they never got to enjoy a “youth.” I submit to you that, in light of eternity, our entire time here on the planet is youth. So when Qoheleth tell us to enjoy our youth, I say we should consider that every day that God gives us – regardless of our age.
Father, thank you for the gift of life. May we relish our youth with every day that you give us. Amen.