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Holy Week and Easter: The Collision Point of Measured Time! — 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for the reflection and for the video. In my case, when I think of time, I remind the psalm: “Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart”. Herein, I find a meaning and a purpose. A meaning and a purpose that reach a complete significance and fulfillment with the event we celebrate on Easter. I understand that time, as a dimension, as direction of change, or as a sequence of events, does not always match exactly the cycles that we associate with it. Is it because they do not really match, or is it because of our imperfect measurements? I do not know. However, that these cycles are not always equal, or that they need to be fixed or set up, is somehow beautiful to me. It seems that nothing is boring in the universe. And yet, I understand that having these cycles is important to reflect on life’s meaning and purpose, to be aware that we cannot or should not defer the encounter with the right decisions, those decisions and adjustments based on our knowledge, understanding, experience or intuition, and aimed at what we know is good or right. Also, the recognition of these cycles is important to thank for the gained wisdom, much or little, and for the other gifts. That the cycles we celebrate do not match other cycles, maybe helps us to recognize the other as such, with his own cycle. Maybe it helps me to stay out of a comfortable mechanistic posture, forces me to look each year in the Liturgical Planner, and to seek every day that wisdom of heart, which does not automatically come with the movement of the seconds hand, but needs an encounter. Maybe it helps me to be aware of the convinience to adjust constantly my clock with God’s clock. Somehow, the time, or the cycle, of each of us is different, so it amazes me how we still have the opportunity to coincide on some periods of time, and in this space. It seems that the psalmist knew that counting our days was not as easy as it sounded, and that it needed a constant adjustment, a “leap second”, in a similar way to the constant adjustments we need to do to match our will with God’s.

  2. Wow! Thank you for your response Carlos! Ever since I went to FAW back in January, certain questions have stayed with me on a daily basis – One of them being time. The idea that time is not uniform, but different each day and wildly different depending on where you are in the universe and how fast you are going helps my faith. If time has such fluidity in this world, then it makes it easier for me to embrace that there is a reality outside of our material existence that is not conditioned by time. In a weird way, if time were unrelentingly uniform, embracing timelessness would be harder for me (but I still would).

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