So we leave our time, 60 minutes of it each weekend, to enter together kingdom-time. The Psalmist described it: A thousand years in [God’s] eyes are merely a yesterday [to us].2 Our notion of time contradicts that of the bible, so we set aside the bible; or we refuse to take it seriously; or we feel it’s not for us because it’s outdated—time again!—just not in tune with us.
Then the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken….then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’ with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.
Those and other revelations of God’s heart are ours! Sitting at the right hand imagines them and stirs us to imagine them. Not a cold fact, no ticket-stub Erie Playhouse gives: sitting at the right hand of God invites us to desire the delights of God here, now, moment by moment. God will take care of the future: [God] will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds.
- Step out of time to enter the life of the Trinity.
- Ask your patron saint to present you to Jesus.
- Praise Jesus for proclaiming the delights of the kingdom dawning among us even when we’re unaware.
- Beg Jesus for the grace to take him at his word; to trust God’s secrets and to desire them rather than figure them out to the last detail.
- Close, saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave it to us to recognize our needs; to ask God to supply them; and to give true freedom to us needy folk enslaved by time, which cannot save.
- At 5:00 p.m., 17 Nov 2012. Check this Countdown Clock.
- Psalm 90.4.
- Hebrews 4.14, from Second Reading, 29th Sunday of the Year (21 October in 2012).
- Romans 8.21.