Do you have enough time?

This week it hit us. We are back in Ordinary Time. The preparations and festivities of Christmas have passed. We welcomed the new year with Mother Mary. We made some resolutions. And now we're getting Drano for our clogged shower. It doesn't get more ordinary than that.

It seems, though, that God is using this ordinary time for extraordinary graces (which I know I've said before). I think God is using this time to teach us about time. As my pastor said recently, "God made time and plenty of it!" - which I first thought sounded absurd (the second part, at least), considering I never feel like I have enough time. Yet God made plenty of it. Which begs the question, how can I get more?

The answer seemed to be in today's Gospel of Mark (1:29-39). In a matter of 10 lines, Jesus leaves the synagogue, heals Peter's mother-in-law, cured many who were sick, prayed in the desert and continued preaching. Not only that, but Jesus was in demand. The disciples even felt it and told Jesus, "Everyone is looking for you." Sounds like our lives! Running here and there and so and so is trying to reach you. Yet there's a difference. How does Jesus have enough time and we don't?

The answer comes down to love. Even in the midst of the busyness, Jesus does all thing with love. We hear the details of love in this passage. Jesus "approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up" - Peter's mother-in-law. Jesus "cured many who were sick with various diseases." And then, He told them, 'Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.'" When we do things out of love we live with Jesus. We slow down instead of speed up. We learn that time is a gift and an inheritance from God. It is simply, “the separation between the present and that moment when we stand before God with our hands either empty or full.” (In Conversation with God Volume 1-37.1)

So use this ordinary time to maximize your time with love. Sometimes it's hard to be in the ordinary, yet that is exactly where God wants to meet us. He's searching for those open hearts. Those who let Him shake things up and realign with His will. Those that invite Him in. Those who surrender their plans to His. Are you one of those hearts?

“The time each one of us has at his disposal is short, but long enough to tell God that we love Him and to accomplish the work He has given us.” (In Conversation with God Volume 1-37.1)