Chasing bubbles seems to be one of the more universal games that children play. Maybe it is the unpredictable way the wind carries the bubble that enchants us, or the sport of pursuing and then catching something that thrills us. Bubbles invite play.

As we read today´s first reading, it is hard not to notice that the bible uses the image of pursuing a bubble. But the image is a frightening one: making a fortune by lying is compared to “chasing a bubble over deadly snares.”

It is surprising that in the midst of a reading that seems ponderous, deep, or profound, there is an image that speaks to us of play. Of chasing a bubble. Might the greatest wisdom then be found in that which is the play of a child? Might our laughter and our “play” today be moments of great contact with God and others?

—Christopher Staab, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic of the Chicago-Detroit province. He is currently in his second year of theology studies at the Jesuit house of studies in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Chris previously taught at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Chicago IL.