21st Sunday After Pentecost – First Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

Sunday October 21st, 2012

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth
with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat
them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is
the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich
will not let him sleep.

There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by
their owner to his hurt, and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father
of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. As he came from his mother’s womb he
shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may
carry away in his hand. This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go,
and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind? Moreover, all his days he eats
in darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger.

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find
enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life
that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given
wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in
his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life
because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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