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The Time Has Fully Come


“An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.”~ Chinese Proverb

Our Gospel today harkens back to the Theological Treatise of the origins of Christ (John 1:1-18), a passage that is chosen every year on December 31st. “He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.” These are the enigmatic words we ponder as the secular year comes to a rocky wrap. In closing out the decade, we reflected upon these very words last year year as well, and I can’t help but revisit the same underlying question:

Will the world ever come to know God?

It was C.S. Lewis who once said “God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.” Despite these sapient words, I would imagine that man will continue to pull out all the stops in 2022 and beyond in an effort to prove Mr. Lewis wrong, this despite the fact that in matters pertaining to spirituality, rarely was he wrong. He certainly isn’t here. In a world that is riddled with despair, fear, and hopelessness, it is my prayer that those who have yet to tap into God’s love, mercy, and unconquerable power will begin to do so. For as Saint Paul so famously said in his letter to the people of Corinth, ”Now is an acceptable time.” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

As we find ourselves on the cusp of a new year, it’s only natural to reflect upon the concept of time. The value of time, the passing of time, wasted time even. For those who are advanced in years, the question may be how much more time do I have left in this passing world? Time is of course our most precious resource. It has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters. Time is what we desire most but so often use the worst. As American author and businessman Harvey MacKay once said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

In a year-end homily delivered on December 31st, 2003, Pope John Paul II said in part “Our attention is attracted by the ideal convergence of the solar year with the liturgical year, two temporal cycles that underlie two dimensions of time. In the first dimension, the days, months and years succeed one another in a cosmic rhythm in which the human mind recognizes the imprint of the divine creative wisdom. The other dimension of time is that of the history of salvation. At its center and summit is the mystery of Christ. The Apostle Paul reminds us of it: “When the time had fully come, God sent forth his son.“(Galatians 4:4). Christ is the center of history and of the cosmos; he is the new Sun that dawned upon the world from “on high” (Luke 1:78),a Sun that directs all things to the ultimate goal of history.”

During these days between Christmas and New Year’s Day, it would certainly seem that these two dimensions of time intersect with what Saint John Paul II called a “special eloquence.” It is as though the eternity of God has come to visit human time. The eternal innocence becomes a present “instant” so that the cyclical repetition of days and years does not merely end in a senseless void.

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The time has indeed fully come to embrace Jesus and his promise of hope and redemption. For many, 2021 was a tough year. Still for many more, 2022 will be even tougher. As we resolve to align ourselves with the Word made flesh and in turn walk in the ways of the truth, I leave you with these words from Saint Josemaria Escriva, who said “Make few resolutions. Make specific resolutions. And fulfill them with the help of God.”

“May your people, O Lord, whom you guide and sustain in many ways, experience, both now and in the future, the remedies which you bestow, that, with the needed solace of things that pass away, they may strive with ever deepened trust for things eternal.“ ~ Amen

Wishing you all a hope-filled and faith-filled New Year,

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