The one common grievance that I hear from many younger and older parents is that they have no time. We are all over-stretched. We do not have the time even to do the things that we cannot neglect.

Among the many gifts that God has given us, the principal one is time. The God Who created us continues to sustain us by injecting His life into us each and every instant. Time is one gift that makes all other gifts possible. Death is the ultimate possibility that denies all other possibilities, as a French philosopher once said. Between birth and death, we enjoy a certain amount of time. It is a limited resource that we need to use wisely and carefully. As the ancient Greeks used to say, “We never bathe twice in the same river.” Just like the river that keeps flowing, time keeps marching on.

How do we use this limited resource? What are wise stewards called to do? First of all, we have to ask ourselves if we assign sufficient time for God. When I was growing up in India as a minority in the vast ocean of Hinduism, going to church on Sunday was not even an option. In a certain sense, Sunday Mass gave us a sense of identity. Probably that was the experience of many in this country too. We have seen Sunday Mass attendance in the US drop drastically over the last three decades. Can we make this a commitment that we cannot neglect? Offering the Eucharist on Sunday is an act of thanksgiving to God Who has been generous to us. I would like to call upon everyone, especially parents, to make Sunday Mass a priority. Discipleship costs and the sacrifice of time is a worthy expression of our commitment.  

Being stewards, we must also dedicate time for our spiritual growth. Do we spend Sunday as a day of rest when we can replenish our spirits through prayer, reading, and quiet time? This parish offers ample possibilities to grow in our faith. We have special moments of prayer and growth such as the Rosary, the chaplet, and Bible Study. Do we use these opportunities to our own spiritual advantage? In order to attend a talk or a moment of prayer we need to give up something else. Are we willing to make that sacrifice?

Good stewards of time use it to nurture their significant relationships. As we struggle to juggle our busy schedules, we can unwittingly neglect the important people in our lives. Married couples must constantly seek to find time for each other. Parents have to find ways to spend quality time with each of their children. Sometimes it would be better to give our loved ones an hour of our time than to buy them expensive presents at Christmas. Giving undivided attention to our spouses or parents or children or friends, listening to their stories that they have recounted many times before, is a genuine act of love.

While we take care of everyone else, we cannot neglect ourselves. Each one of us has to examine our schedules from time to time to see if we are stretching ourselves too much. Are there commitments or projects that I should abandon? Am I a person who tends to say “Yes” to everyone and to everything? We need to find the time to exercise, to sleep, to read, to enjoy music, to relax, to cultivate a hobby, and sometimes to smell the roses. 

We need to use our time also to enrich the lives of others. Do I give my time to help others, to give my voice to the voiceless, to defend the weak and the oppressed? Our spending time in church always imposes on us the obligation to build God’s kingdom in our homes, our neighborhoods and our cities. 

At a wedding reception that I attended a while ago the father of the bride read a short poem about time. I would like to share it with you:

Time is…

Too slow for those who wait,

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice;

But for those who love, time is eternity.

Let us use our time for love – love for God and love for our neighbor. That way we will never run out of time.

Mission Statement: As children of God, living in a Catholic community of faith, we are united by the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Aware that all we have is gift and grace from our Heavenly Father, we strive to give of our time, talent and treasure to build His kingdom on earth. We live this mission, challenged by the Word, nurtured by the Sacraments, and enlivened by the Spirit, to serve our brothers and sisters in peace, justice and dignity. All are welcome on this journey.

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