Father Mark, Reflections

Everything Has Its Time

I have noticed in conversations with many of you and others how time seems to appear different these last few weeks.  I hear, “I’m not sure what day it is;”  “One day seems to run into another;” “I feel like I’m inside a timeless bubble” and the like. 

The writer of this piece of what is known as Wisdom Literature entitled, Ecclesiastes, used the pseudonym, Qoheleth, meaning, “gatherer,” “an assembler of sentences” or “preacher.”  Wisdom was highly valued during the reign of Solomon roughly 1,000 years before the birth of Jesus.

Does the Wisdom of 1,000 years ago have truth for us today?

Ecclesiastes 3

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

What time is it?   What time is it for you

And what is God up to in your time and place?

In His Time,

Fr. Mark