A TIME FOR EVERYTHING
There is a time for everything, but time by itself accomplishes nothing. It is an opportunity, nothing more. It is up to us to use our time well for what really counts in life.
We say that time heals all wounds. When we are uncertain about the outcome of some event, we reluctantly admit that time will tell. The author, Thomas Mann, wrote that time cools and clarifies our moods. Of course time does none of these things, but it is the condition in which they happen. Time is God's gift. Many of us complain that we do not have enough time, but for at least some of us nothing would get done if we had all the time in the world! How we use our time is more important than how much time we have. Jesus, in a relatively short span of life, founded the Church and accomplished the salvation of the world.
The fact is that we almost always find time for what we like or want to do. We should consider how many hours a day we consume in reading the paper or watching television. Some of that time is needed to keep up with events and to enjoy needed relaxation, but we must judge whether we are using it well. In a fast moving, noisy world most of us need time for peace and quiet to pray and to reflect on life and its values. For at least some part of the day we need to shut off the radio, television and internet. We need to lay aside our newspapers and magazines and other distractions. We must make time to be alone with God.
The most import moments of the day are those spent at Mass! But even the Mass does not exhaust our relationship with God. The Mass is worship by and with our community; it is God's family at prayer. But each of us is an individual with particular needs. Alone with God we should tell Him of our personal failures and successes, our joys and sorrows, our worries and concerns. Then we need to listen, to open our minds to hear God speaking to us in quiet.
Life is short. It would be a shame to waste it on meaningless activity. The first reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a time for everything, but time by itself accomplishes nothing. It is an opportunity, nothing more. It is up to us to use our time well for what really counts in life.