by Rev. Fr. Allen Baclor Abadines
What is time? Taking Aristotle’s definition of Time – Time is essentially connected to movement. Time is the measurement of movements. There is time because there is movement. Anything that moves, therefore, have time.
God doesn’t have to move for He is literally everywhere. God is infinite. Ergo, God is not subject to time. Even when we say, “God is the Alpha (the beginning) and the Omega (the end),” still we are limiting God. God has no beginning and end. Even the word “Infinite” and “Eternal,” could be limiting God. Many Philosophers have tried to explain God being ‘Timeless’ or outside of time and “Spaceless” or outside space. But the concept of Time and Space in connection with God is simply beyond human comprehension.
A man has no power over Time. As we have no power over change and movement. Thus the phrase “Time and tide wait for no man” indicates that people have no capacity to stop the passing of time. Whether we like it or not, Time goes on. No one has the power to stop the march of time. When Time passes, forever it is gone. It will never come back. Quotes: ” Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” (Source Unknown)
Thus Time could be an enemy or a friend. It depends on how you look at it. It is a choice! Time could be your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s a “Quid pro quo” (a give and take) situation. What you give is what you take. Make friends with time because time is an enemy that cannot be defeated. Time only allows being conquered by a friend. To some, Time brings joy, healing, contentment, bliss, and peace. To others, Time brings suffering, agony, sorrow, boredom, worry, and pain.
“As soon as Man is born, he begins to die.” Each second, each minute is a subtraction to our Time. Each passing of a day is time closer to our penultimate destiny which is death. And therefore, Time should never be wasted. Time is God’s most precious gift. Pope Francis says “Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions.”
Spending Time means differently to different people. Do not let bitterness and hatred destroy your Time. When someone hurts you… you may either hold on to hatred and bitterness and to some extent to exact revenge …or to forgive and move forward. It’s a personal choice. Forgiveness like Love is a decision we make.
Life’s greatest challenge is to love even the unlovable, to love even those who hurt you or to some extent even to one’s enemy. It is a Christian challenge.
We are just pilgrims here on earth. One day our time will come. It is inevitable! It is not for us to decide how long or how short our personal journey could be. It is our destiny. One thing is certain though – If it is time for us to go, then off we go. But it is the Love we give away that will make us Immortal.
A TIME FOR EVERYTHING
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.