Lifestyles of the rich and famous
you say, “A god am I!
I occupy a godly throne
in the heart of the sea!”—
And yet you are a man, and not a god,
however you may think yourself like a god.
Oh yes, you are wiser than Daniel,
there is no secret that is beyond you.
By your wisdom and your intelligence
you have made riches for yourself;
You have put gold and silver
into your treasuries.
By your great wisdom applied to your trading
you have heaped up your riches;
your heart has grown haughty from your riches...
Thus says the Lord God in today’s first reading (Ezekiel 28:1-10).
But riches, fame, and even intelligence are not enough.
The one who imagines himself on “a godly throne in the heart of the sea” ends up “a bloodied corpse in the heart of the sea.”
May you and I seek the true ways of God – his eternal riches and his everlasting glory - above all things.