Thursday, September 25, 2008

Something New Under the Sun

Today's first reading is that gloomy assessment of human life from the "gatherer of the community," Qoheleth: the one who sighed "Nothing is new under the sun." But the Gospel is a flat-out contradiction of that! Jesus brought something so new that no one could fit him into any of the usual categories. Was he Elijah? John the Baptist? Some ancient unknown prophet come again? Even Herod seemed to realize that something new was up, "and he kept trying to see him."

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