Liturgical Time

At peace with time

Perhaps because numbers are my thing, I seem to readily find connections between them and what they represent. Dates are a prime example (no mathematical pun intended) -- as with the recent turning of the calendar a big fundraising event I worked came to mind, an event which took place on that date literally twenty years ago. In some ways that event two decades ago seems as far away as the pre-coronavirus way of life experienced just last winter.

Here again from a piece by Thomas Merton are excerpts of his thoughts about the Christian view of Time and Liturgy:

To understand the attitude of the Christian and of the Liturgy towards time we must have a profound understanding of Christian hope and Christian trust. Fundamentally the Christian is at peace with time because the Christian is at peace with God.

Christian worship is at peace with time because the lapse of time no longer concerns the Christian, whose life is “hidden with Christ in God.”

For the believer who lives in Christ, each new day renews his participation in the mystery of Christ. Each new day is a new dawn of that lumen Christi, the light of Christ which knows no setting.

Time, which is now enclosed between the two advents of Christ – His first coming in humility and obscurity, and His second coming in majesty and power – has been claimed by God as God's own. Time is to be sanctified like everything else, by the presence and the action of Christ.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Seasons of Celebration by Thomas Merton, 1965, pages 37, 39, 40, 43