Carpe Diem/Sieze the Day
Oct 16, 2018
In The beginning of the Movie Gone with the Wind…on the sign as one enters the Plantation it reads…do not squander time…it is the stuff that life is made of…
From today’s Psalm we hear the Psalmist asking God…Teach us to number our days aright…for there are only so many days we are given in this life…for as Saint Paul reminds us today…everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account…
Now to be sure…when Jesus revealed the nature of God to us through His life and ministry…the emphasis was on God as Abba or daddy…as we often pray…Our Father…and not necessarily as an Accountant who truth be told does keep the strictest most meticulous account of every micro-second of our lives beginning at the moment of our conception…
The reality is we will be judged based on our performance in this life...in other words, how we spend our time...but God’s concept of time is radically different from our own...God’s time is eternal time and therefore quality counts more than quantity...
for example, you can spend your entire Sunday watching TV as opposed to one hour in Church...though the greater quantity is watching TV, there is no greater quality of time or time better spent than keeping Holy that Sabbath Hour...as someone once said about this precious hour of power...if we can’t stand to spend one hour with God a week, we will certainly not want to spend eternity with Him...
Or for those who complain about spending that long tedious one hour in an Air Conditioned Church in the Summer or Heated one in the Winter sitting on a pew made of wood...can you imagine hanging on a Cross of Wood crucified for three hours?
Calvary is not a sit-com that is meant to entertain us...but an opportunity to bring comfort to the suffering Christ by worshiping Him and praying for those He loves and is suffering for on that Cross...which is all of us...who complains about being bored when visiting a sick loved one in the hospital or in a nursing home...it’s all about love and faith...and no time is better spent than when we are practicing our faith and expressing our love...because the value on these actions according to Christ Himself is infinite...as He explains when asked how it is we will be judged when rendering an account of our lives:
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35h For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37
Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40i And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.’
And sadly the reverse is true…when we disrespect others…use and abuse them for self-motivated purposes…Jesus says: ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’
This is what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God...Jesus Christ became Man so that we could truly become like God....to love as God loves by living as Christ lived and taught.
As we hear from the Book of Ecclesiastes:
I have seen the business that God has given to mortals to be busied about. 11b God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless* into their hearts so they cannot find out, from beginning to end, the work which God has done. 12c I recognized that there is nothing better than to rejoice and to do well during life. 14I recognized that whatever God does will endure forever; there is no adding to it, or taking from it. Thus has God done that he may be revered. 15* d What now is has already been; what is to be, already is: God retrieves what has gone by.
God has placed the timeless in our hearts...we are created by and from infinite love and therefore have a craving for infinite love that only an infinite lover can satisfy...removing God from our hearts and our lives will leave us tormented by the worst frustrations, disappointments and aggravations in life...and tempt us to make decisions that will squander that very limited and very precious commodity of time.
More than money there is no more precious commodity than time...because once that runs out...there is no amount of money available that can purchase everlasting life...only because that price has been paid:
As Saint Peter reminds us: Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your journeying, k 18realizing that you were ransomed from your sinful conduct not with perishable things like silver or goldl 19but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb.*
Or Saint Paul says elsewhere:
Warn those who are rich in this world’s goods that they are not to look down on other people; and not to set their hopes on money, which is untrustworthy, but on God who, out of his riches, gives us all that we need for our happiness. Tell them that they are to do good, and be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share – this is the way they can save up a good capital sum for the future if they want to make sure of the only life that is real.
Today I did a wedding where the groom proposed in of all places a cemetery...though there are many who would question such a choice...it actually made perfect sense
there is nowhere that enables us to gain a better perspective on life than a cemetery. “Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
“There is a reason God limits our days.' 'To make each one precious.”
That proposal reminded me of a scene from Dead Poet’s Society when Professor Keating takes the boys down to the trophy case and shows them pictures of the many no longer young men who once were where they are now…and how that precious commodity of time goes so fast and is so quickly gone with the wind…
They're not that different from you, are they? Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you.
Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary."
Jesus emphasizes today to store up treasure for ourselves in Heaven…that there is no greater treasure to be in possession of than Jesus Christ…who buries that treasure within our bodies and hearts by way of the Holy Eucharist…enabling our bodies to truly become treasure chests of faith, hope and love that others can draw from, thus increasing the value and dignity of their own precious lives.
Sin makes our lives less than ordinary…less than mediocre…less than meaningful…seize the day…the Sabbath Day and your lives will truly be extraordinary forever…