St. Benedict Orthodox Church Celebrating in the Western Rite of the Antiochian Jurisdiction
A Sermon by Father Peter Kavanaugh
Of all human experiences, time is the most elusive.
Most of us can look back and remember some summer day in our childhood, when a short afternoon turned into eternity. We were perhaps lying in the grass or skipping stones or out on a long walk, and our experience of time had no bearing on what the clocks on the wall showed or what our parents told us. Children have a gift, I suspect, of seeing time from a different point of view then we do when we grow up. As adults, we tend to think of time as something we can put a leash to, we can mark up and monitor and use as we choose. However, we quickly discover this to be an illusion. The time we think we possess slips out of our hands. But children, perhaps, live in what St. Gabriella calls, “God’s eternal now.”
Sometimes, I’m told, people rediscover this different orientation to time in their old age, such as my grandmother, who passes hours staring at a tree and marveling at God’s imagination, or feels that her parents were with her just the other day. When she was young, she felt that she had all of time in front of her, but now, that youth has vanished, and she simply lives in the remaining moment. She too, just maybe, has come to think of time as something that belongs to God, and which we really can’t cling to.
The Holy Scriptures also talk about time in a different way then we’re used to. This is the message in Psalm 90, where the prophet holds God’s eternity and humanity’s brevity side by side.
“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.”Continue
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