Every man that walks, only a shadow
“What I mean, brothers, is that the time
This is Saint Paul speaking.
Each one of us has a certain number
hours, days, years in this world.
We are not here for ever.
God gave us this time to use it,
to live it.
But there is a way and a way how to
Some people drag in life.
They ruin their lives without any focus.
They live in an emptiness, waiting
comedy to finish.
They get up, work, sleep.
Their only ideal is not to have any
Just like a vegetable.
They live with these commonplace hopes
a day’s outing with the family on a
going to the mainland once a year,
time watching a video.
Then there are others who put all their
as if life were a race without control.
Always on the go.
Time is never enough for them.
They try not to think.
They are scared of quiet.
The more noise around them, the better.
They are always doing something else.
It is as if they are frightened of
Well, it is true, time frightens us.
The clock that is always ticking is
time is passing
our health is waning
our face is getting wrinkled
our hair is turning white
the time that has passed will not come
my life is moving towards the grave…
And we don’t like this.
The Christian is conscious of this.
But he is relaxed because he has another
vision of time.
He knows that time is not emptiness
But it is a moment of grace
Because every moment is a moment in
God is calling and we can reply
every moment is a moment in which God
entering into us.
Every moment, can mean an appointment
an invitation for happiness
a challenge to grow in love
an incentive to enter into a deeper
So every minute is an enormous personal
of God for me…
A gift of God if we learn to treasure
and take advantage of it.
Saint Paul again :
“Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap
if we do not give up.”
Yes, the Christian is neither afraid
does he need to escape time.
He knows how to work without overdoing
He knows how to enjoy himself without
Because he has an aim in life – eternal
Above all he has a shoulder to lean
If for many worldly people, time is
because it means money,
for the Christian, time is precious
it means eternal life.
Or rather it means something more:
because his Beloved
Do your ‘loved ones’ remain for ever?!
“Who will lay whips to my thoughts,
and the discipline of wisdom to my
to be unmerciful to my errors,
and let none of my sins go unchecked
in case my errors multiply,
and I fall before my adversaries,
and my enemy gloats over me?
Lord, father and God of my life,
Do not give me proud eyes,
Turn lust away from me,
Do not let lechery and lust grip me,
Do not give me over to shameless desire.” (Sirach 23.2-6)
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