Friday, 26 September 2008

"There is a time for every occupation under heaven ..."





The reading from the book of Ecclesiastes for today's Mass is a reminder to us to live our lives in the presence of God. We are told that that everything has its proper time ...

'A time for giving birth, a time for dying;

a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted.

A time for killing, a time for healing;

a time for knocking down, a time for building.

A time for tears, a time for laughter;

a time for mourning, a time for dancing.

A time for throwing stones away, a time for gathering them up;

a time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing.

A time for searching, a time for losing;

a time for keeping a time for throwing away.

A time for tearing, a time for sewing;

a time for keeping silent, a time for speaking.

A time for loving, a time for hating;

a time for war, a time for peace.'

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11

The life of each one of us exists in the present moment. We must live the present moment with love .... this is the only time which Almighty God give us to sanctify ... Hodie nunc.

We must not deceive ourselves by thinking we can put our sanctification off until tomorrow ... Hodie nunc.

2 comments:

layperson said...

Fr Míceál, what beautiful autumn
pictures you have used here and
wonderful words and sentiment,
reminding us how to live in the
moment.

Inez C S Keech said...

I am afraid I only studied Latin for about one year - all I remember is: amo, amas, amat, amamos, amate, amant; so could I trouble you for a translation of Hodie Nunc?