Avoid profane and vain babblings. Life is short. Treat each day as your last, and you will never sin.

Contemporary wisdom tells us that “life is short,” and so we should enjoy ourselves, take up a challenge, or make a difference in the world. We should not waste the little time that we have.

Likewise, the holy fathers tell us that each day could be our last, and that we should therefore “redeem the time, because the days are evil.” Or, as one of the desert fathers said, “Treat each day as your last, and you will never sin.”

Life is short, but what does this mean?

Commentary on 1 Timothy 6:17-20, Nov 27/ Dec 10 27th Thursday after Pentecost