Here are links to our readings for the day:
English: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092520.cfm
Spanish: http://usccb.org/bible/lecturas/092520.cfm

Have You Got the Time?

There is an appointed time for everything. Then we have a list of things. Let us think these things through from a faith point of view.

A time to be born, and a time to die; (dear people we are born everyday and through Jesus death and resurrection we are born to eternal life, not death)

a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. (Every day you can plant seeds of faith. The only way you can be uprooted is if you turn from God.)

A time to kill, and a time to heal; (Thou shall not kill, but we are always called to heal)

a time to tear down, and a time to build. (If we are focused on Christ then we are in the process of building up one another, there is no room for tearing down)

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
(I will put weeping and mourning together. Jesus told us there would always be suffering and pain, but He will be with us. Even in the saddest moments, we long to laugh and dance.)

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; (We are the body of Christ, we are the living stones. There are times we are to scatter, go out and be disciples, but then we need to come back to the church to be nourished)

a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. (Obviously, they had the COVID virus even then. An embrace is an embrace no matter how you do it.)

A time to seek, and a time to lose; (Take your kids out and play hide and seek)

a time to keep, and a time to cast away. (Again, a virus thing, what should you be giving to SVdP)

A time to rend, and a time to sew; (There are times where we should rend our hearts because of what we have done, but there is always time to sew and repair broken hearts.)

a time to be silent, and a time to speak. (This is old adage; you have two ears and one mouth use them that way. Only say the words that heal and express love)

A time to love, and a time to hate; (God is love. Time spent in prayer is love. It is our evil thoughts that create hate. We can change this)

a time of war, and a time of peace. (True peace is when you are at peace with God. Some seem to think it means world peace. We need that too. But if you are at peace with God would there ever be a time for war? Anywhere?)

All these maxims ask us to evaluate who we are and then make the appropriate change. Where will you start today?

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Fr Ed Anderson
Email: fatheredanderson[at]gmail.com
Phone: 715.817.3736

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