The final chapter (of the book and our life) – Saturday, 25th Week in Ordinary time – Ecclesiastes 11:9 – 12:8
The closing chapter of the book has a word for the youth. While it may seem to advocate the pleasures and joys that celebrate that age, it also comes with a statutory warning. While youth is to be enjoyed and one is truly to rejoice in this gift, while youth is not to be found in ascetic living, while the heart beats for more and the eyes seek to follow its desires, such desires and flirtations of youth must be legitimate pleasures for there is more to life than what we can see; there is eternity and an eternal God to reckon with.
To be young does not mean that God’s laws are to be scattered in the wind. While youth is it be celebrated, to seek its pleasures as if they were the be all and end all of life would be hebel (vanity); that whisp of smoke and one is left clinging on to nothing. It is before the judgement seat of God that one day we will have to stand and give an account for all of our life. For we are called to live not merely for this life; our life is also lived for eternity.
God is not a name to be merely called in old age, he is a God of all ages. Perhaps we think that faith and God are the calling of our old age, when time will drag and activity will cease. In our youth, we may embrace a self-imposed ignorance of God’s laws because it may be convenient to our deeds, but this will and must be accounted for in the life to come. As youth we discount the reality of eternity and the eternal God. While this is natural and understandable it must also be called out for it is regrettable; for this life is but a brief prelude to eternity.