To Everything There Is a Season


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 to laugh, a time to weep.” We live in times where many people are weeping in pain and sorrow. Let the time come when people with hearts of flesh will wipe away those tears and bring back the smiles.
“A time to build up, a time to break down.” We live in times where there is a lot of destruction Some from natural causes. Most through the work of men. The time is coming when people of good will and good hearts will rebuild a new and better city of men.
“A time to dance, a time to mourn.” We live in times of mourning and sadness. Let the times come when we shall be dancing in songs and rejoicing.

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.

There will be bad times and difficult times. But “who will separate us from┬áthe love of┬áChrist?” Not the deaths nor the killings. Not the sorrow and the weeping. Not wars nor the destruction. Not the anger nor the hatred.

“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.

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2 Responses to To Everything There Is a Season

  1. Sadah says:

    This is beautiful.

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