The Grace to Begin Again

These things have been written for a warning for us, for we are living at the end of the ages. (1 Corinthians 10:11) 

Where has the time gone? Can you believe that we are already at the end of 2012? When St. Paul wrote the verse above, I suppose that he thought that the Second Coming of Christ would be soon. Many of the early Christians felt the end time was at hand. In our Father’s time, it really hasn’t been that long ago since St. Paul penned this verse after all, “with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day.” (2 Peter 3: 8) So, I guess we could say that it’s been about two days since St. Paul proclaimed that we were “living at the end of the ages.”

Aren’t we all in fact living in our own end times? Who knows how many days we have left on this earth? In my Personal Finance class, we take a look at a life expectancy calculator when we discuss life insurance and how premiums are calculated. My life expectancy usually runs from the mid 60’s to the mid 70’s. So, according to the calculator, I could have about twenty years left to live. That doesn’t sound very long to me. But who knows what tomorrow may bring? Will I be alive?

I haven’t written a Mary Mail since August. Where has the time gone? What have I done with it? Have I served God? Have I followed Jesus?

Over the past couple of months, I have had the opportunity to meet weekly with a group of young families. The children age from about 6 months to 10 years old. We come together and eat. The children play and the adults pray and share our faith. I was out of my comfort zone, but I was blessed to witness “a family, a Church in miniature.” (St. John Chrysostom)

I got a call last week. A group of men that I used to meet with on Tuesday mornings wanted to start getting together again. We met last Tuesday, and again I was encouraged and enriched.

We are smack dab in the middle of Advent, a time when we are called to remember the First Coming of Jesus our Lord as a babe in a manger. It is also a time when we are called to reflect on our lives and prepare ourselves for the Second Coming of Jesus our Lord. There is also a Third Coming, which is hidden and lies between the first and the second. “In it only the elect see the Lord within their own selves, and they are saved.” (Saint Bernard, abbot; Sermo 5, In Adventu Domini)

Through life’s journey God has granted me the grace to start over. He has blessed me numerous new beginnings. I pray that as we travel this Advent journey together that we will all accept the grace God has given each of us to begin again.


About dwinger

Former farmer, now college instructor
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