The passage of time, the tick of the clock, the turn of the calendar page, the changing of the calendar itself from 2019 to 2020 is very useful to us in the practicalities of our lives. Time passes, and we measure it. But what passes is merely transitory; we don’t ever get it back. Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every month, every year is lost to the annals of time, never, ever to be seen again. We lose time in our lives, rather, it is stripped from us without our consent, never to be given back to us again.
And so we look to other things that we hope are not transitory to give us our stability. We look to wealth, to possessions, to health, etc. But, we find that these too are transitory as well. The value of our bank accounts go up and down, our investments change in value, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, but over time they do change. We tend to get more and more possessions, but even these can be lost, damaged or destroyed. Our health can be good because we have good genes, we eat right, and we exercise, but still, at some point our good health will be called into question, we all get sick, and there will be some end for our lives. The point is this: the things we look to for stability are not stable, they are transitory as well. “You can’t take it with you” is one of the cliché remarks we make when this reality comes to mind.
However, there are eternal things, there are things that will never change, that will last. It is in these things that we should find our stability. What things are stable? Truth is stable, for one. The precepts of the Lord, handed down through the Church to each of us are true, and they are eternal. It is not my truth or your truth — it is THE truth. Loving God and loving your neighbor will never get old; the Ten Commandments will never change. We should therefore contemplate the truths of the Lord, for they are eternal.
What else is stable? Our eternal souls are stable. There will never be a time where our souls do not exist. You and I exist and will always exist. We should contemplate the state of our souls and determine if we are prepared to spend eternity in heaven. We have the time now to avail ourselves of the Lord’s mercy and to do good works through prayer, penance, and almsgiving. We should be spending our time here on earth preparing ourselves for the eternal judgment of our souls. Not to be too scary, but it will occur and it is up to us where we end up, depending how we respond to the Lord’s love and mercy. Our money and possessions will not go with us, but our good works will.
Finally, and not in this particular order that I listed, God is stable, God is eternal. God is eternally reaching out to us, constantly begging us to turn to Him, consistently pleading with us to let Him deeper into our hearts. The Lord Jesus is constant in offering to us the mercy He won for us through His Passion and Death. The Redemption is eternal. We can bank on that, but only if we avail ourselves of that mercy.
Today, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, let us turn to Her in a special way for Her aid. Let us ask Her to help us to turn ourselves to the eternal things, God, truth, and our eternal souls for stability and away from the fleeting things, time, wealth, possessions and health. Let us all try to be like the humble Mother of God, seeking God in all things, and seeking only the things that bring us to God.