A Time For Everything

Friday, September 23, 2016

First Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 144:1B AND 2ABC, 3-4
Gospel: Luke 9:18-22

Today’s readings are all about timing.  The perfection of God’s timing only makes sense to us in retrospect and God. Is. Never. Late.

If there’s one thing that I am consistently, it’s being late.  Recently, I read an article in the New York Times that said people who are chronically late are not trying to be rude but they are overly optimistic about deadlines. 

And it’s true.  I get a rush from accomplishing a large of number of tasks in an impossible amount of time.  I used think that I felt this way because I’m “doer” and an “achiever”.  Smugly, I would observe how many things I have accomplished in the same 24 hours as others who were clearly sitting on their bottoms and watching reruns. 

Now, I understand my smugness and sense of accomplishment for the millions of tasks are all related to the sin of pride. 

Accomplished tasks were confirmation that I was better than other people, and it was how I gained my sense of worth. A day with undone tasks was a failure, which meant I too, was a failure.

But there is one thing I am learning slowly but surely and that is I am perfectly loved by God.  Tasks don’t define me, my failures (real or perceived) don’t define me. Even my shortcomings, like being consistently late and overly optimistic are things God probably finds endearing, He made me this way after all.

I am not perfect but He is and He uses my imperfections if I allow Him, for a greater good.  I may be late for everything but His timing is perfect. 

Years ago, I attended a wedding reception.  As usual, I was late.  The only seat left was in the back next to a young man I didn’t really know at the time and who in a few years would become my husband. 

God’s timing is perfect.

My timing is not. 

God does not ask that we be perfect before He can love us.  He simply wants us to grow each day in love for Him and He is perfect enough for all of us.

Where have you seen the perfection of God’s timing in your life?


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