September 22, 2022

The voice in the book of “Ecclesiastes” examines human behavior in seeking human enrichments: striving for knowledge, pleasure, power, and riches concluding that – ‘all things are vanity.’ The conversation is not only a monolog but also an interior dialog. This back and forth voice is an exercise of self-evaluation, deciding what is essential. This internal dialog acts as a debate. The narrator argues a point of view about toiling and the need for pleasure, then turns the argument around to elicit that toil and pleasures have their place in our lives. But still, that concluding line, “All is vanity,” begging the question, what then is good?

For us, the answer lies in our own interior voice, deciding what is right and what is wrong not by the standards of the general public but by what God has handed down to us, especially in that first commandment: I am the LORD your God: you shall not have strange gods before me. There’s a reason why this is the first commandment. Like dominoes lined up, the rest tumble over if the first one totters and falls.

In everything we do, whether it be finding success in our employments, buying that new car, or accumulating a wealth of knowledge, our interior voice sings its song of praise to our God, reducing the temperature of our vanity and being mindful that everything we have comes from God in some unbeknownst way, and thus, vanity transfigures to humility.

In their conversations, our Muslim brothers and sisters will often interject the phrase ‘Praise be to Allah’ or, as we would say, ‘Praise be to God, a mantra that should always be on our lips. Let the entire world hear our psalm and join in the singing; then, indeed, all will be well.


Dear God, May each bring one note, and then a worldly chorus will sing your praise. Amen.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.