As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.
Humanity’s technological mission is to invent devices that make life as easy and less laborious as possible. Some of the devices developed are truly a blessing for humanity; others have had a destructive influence. I do not think anyone would think that washing machines and clothes dryers are not devices that really make our lives easier. Same thing we can say the computer and its application: the Internet, which has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn and have fun. And what about the vehicles, cell phone or microwave ovens? All these technological advances have certainly made our lives easier. However, as with all things, the sinful nature of humanity has created new ways to commit crimes and do wrong things using these otherwise useful technological tools.
An example of misused technology is harnessing the Internet to promote and disseminate pornography and pedophilia. Another example is driving at speeds well above the established limits. Cell phone use while driving also has resulted in painful losses of human lives and material damage. A much worse influence, mainly because of the stealth way it operates is the misuse of the leisure time that we now have as a result of the application of new technologies. Since we now have more time available, we can do more and different things that we did not do before which causes us mental and physical fatigue. Later, to recover from the fatigue, we rest in inactivity, but inactivity promotes end up being lazy and irresponsible because we do not manage our time well. Let us not be like the sluggard of today’s Bible portion. Let us remind ourselves that we need to make “the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Let us serve our Lord with joy and let us not be overcome by laziness. To God alone be the glory!