One who is full loathes honey from the comb,
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
Much has been made of the short attention span of dogs and this is something that always amazes us. However, in these postmodern times, the attention span of human beings has shortened so much that it has approached that of our canine friends. It is very common to see in movies, television programs, commercials and any other audiovisual material that we are exposed to, language and images of violence, or at least too fast paced, made thus for the sole purpose of maintaining our attention captive. Contemporary life has become a washer in spin cycle. Everything revolves at high speed and little time is left for us to devote to really important things such as our relationship with God. Everything around us becomes a constant distraction and our minds are programmed to not be satisfied with what is necessary but to always want to have more and more. Greed is an integral part of our sinful nature. The more we have, the more we crave. The word “enough” cannot be found in the dictionary of human behavior. King Solomon, author of the today’s quotation, wrote in another of his books: “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.This too is meaningless.” Even if repeated ad nauseam, this great truth will not make people understand. The immediate has taken control of our lives and has displaced all the important things from our daily agenda.
The apostle John wrote, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” Let us not, therefore, allow the world to overwhelm and conquer us because the world is our enemy and to yield to it is to lose the battle. Trust in the power of God who has given us the victory that overcomes the world: our faith. To God alone be the glory!