Invariably, at the end of a successful mission, Col. Hannibal Smith would say to his A-Team “I love it when a plan comes together.” In today’s Gospel, one gets the feeling of a plan coming together, of things converging towards fulfillment.
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert where he remained in the desert for forty days and where he was tempted by Satan. Meanwhile John had been arrested after having prepared the way for the Messiah. After fasting and prayers in the desert, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
It was the fullness of time. It is the season for the unfolding of God’s plan. God’s time may sometimes be slow and sometimes quick. But the unfolding moves forward inexorably. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
“A time to be born, a time to die.” We live in times where many babies are unborn and many more who die young. The time will coming when every birth will be welcomed as another gift from God and dying is to be born to eternal life.
“A time to plant, a time to reap.” We live in times where many are sowing the seeds of discord and hatred. And they shall reap their just rewards. The time is coming when good seeds will be sown to yield harvests a hundredfold, even a thousandfold.
“A time to kill, a time to heal.” We live in times where men have been desensitized by many senseless killings, born out of hatred, anger and the desire for revenge. Let the time come where good people will harken to God’s voice and heal and bind all wounds.
A time of war, a time of peace. We live in times steeped in wars. Let the time come when peace shall reign in the hearts and homes of people.
A time of love, a time of hate. We live in times where hatred has possessed the hearts of men. Let the time come when the brightness of love rises among us.
“For if God is with us, who can be against us?” And in the fullness of time, at the proper season, He makes all things beautiful. Just as he created us, he will also bring us to perfection.