Wisdom 5: Keel, Wings, and Arrow

Verses eight through thirteen give us mortals a jarring reminder of our insignificance in the bigger picture, especially if we persist in going our own way:

What did our pride avail us?
What have wealth and its boastfulness afforded us?
All of them passed like a shadow and like a fleeting rumor;

Like a ship traversing the heaving water,
of which, when it has passed,
no trace can be found,
no path of its keel in the waves.
Or like a bird flying through the air;
no evidence of its course is to be found-
But the fluid air,
lashed by the beat of pinions,
and cleft by the rushing force
Of speeding wings, is traversed:
and afterward no mark of passage can be found in it.
Or as, when an arrow has been shot at a mark,
the parted air straightway flows together again
so that none discerns the way it went through-
Even so we, once born,
abruptly came to nought
and held no sign of virtue to display,
but were consumed in our wickedness.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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