The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will. All deeds are right in the sight of the doer, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart—the lamp of the wicked—are sin. The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to want. The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Chasing bubbles seems to be one of the more universal games that children play. Maybe it is the unpredictable way the wind carries the bubble that enchants us, or the sport of pursuing and then catching something that thrills us. Bubbles invite play.
As we read today´s first reading, it is hard not to notice that the bible uses the image of pursuing a bubble. But the image is a frightening one: making a fortune by lying is compared to “chasing a bubble over deadly snares.”
It is surprising that in the midst of a reading that seems ponderous, deep, or profound, there is an image that speaks to us of play. Of chasing a bubble. Might the greatest wisdom then be found in that which is the play of a child? Might our laughter and our “play” today be moments of great contact with God and others?
—Christopher Staab, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic of the Chicago-Detroit province. He is currently in his second year of theology studies at the Jesuit house of studies in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Chris previously taught at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Chicago IL.
Holy God, release the laughter and curiosity of the child down deep in each of our spirits. Let the energy and playfulness of the young open us to your invitation to new life — new life today and all our days. Amen!Please share the Good Word with your friends!