From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…March 25, 2018

Holy Week is here. I get the feeling that we are saying more and more that time is going faster; often it seems like an excuse, but it really does feel like the time has just flown by. Even doing the ordinary things of life seem to make the time move much faster. I sit down to write Something, and it seems that only a few moments pass before I am almost late for something else.

I sometimes get the feeling that the older I get (no comments), the more I have a different perspective. When I was younger, a day was a much bigger portion of my life, therefore it felt like it took much longer. Decades later, a day is a much smaller portion of my overall life, and so moves on much more quickly.

There is also the reality that what I do today is often not about today. I am planning for next week and next month. The things of today happened a couple weeks ago, and all that is left for today is to clean up a few details and make sure tomorrow happens like it is supposed to. Today is not really today; it is a collection of today, that was largely done yesterday, in preparation for tomorrow.

I am not sure how much all of this applies to you, but if any of it does, it is no wonder why time flies so fast. We have put ourselves out of touch with reality. It would be easy to talk about mindfulness and living in the present, and those are undoubtedly good things. The Church invites us during this Holy Week to lay aside all these other things and focus our attention on the mysteries of our salvation.

This is not quite the same as being present in the moment, though they are related. Rather, the Church offers us something that transcends time. Events of two-thousand years ago are made present again, and the culmination of our salvation in the future is made present now. It all comes together in this sacred time, and we are invited to focus our attention on these events as they play out before and around us. Regardless of how fast it goes, our time and attention is given to events that are really and truly happening, events that have been happening for ages, and that will shape our lives for ages to come. This is what is truly happening and what truly matters, what truly deserves our time and attention.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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