Tuesday, December 31, 2013

“Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ”

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” - Mother Teresa

Scripture Text: (1 JN 2:18-21)
Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.

How do we view time? Is it a tyrant ruling over us? Or, is it a tutor, teaching us the way to live our lives in this world so that they open into eternity? Christians proclaim a linear timeline in history. There is a beginning and an end, a fulfillment, which is a new beginning. Time is actually heading somewhere. That is as true of the history of the world as it is our own personal histories. Do we live this way?

Albert Einstein spent his whole life trying to understand time and space. Where did we come from? Where are we heading? How does it all hold together? These are all excellent questions for a physicist. But they are also perfect questions for us everyday people to ponder as we sit before the Lord in prayer or Eucharistic adoration.

Especially today, the last day of the year, place yourself in the presence of the timeless, eternal, ever-present Word of God. Let him show you who you are, where you came from, and even more important, where he wants to take you. Believe that the God who is before all time—the author of time itself—can redeem your past if you allow him too. He has your future in his hands. And he is walking with you every step of the way. So surrender yourself to him. Trust him, and let him breathe eternity into your heart.

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