Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada



AT THE RIGHT TIME


In today's Epistle we read Saint Paul's good news: "While we were yet helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6).

Note the phrase "the right time". It often seems to us that we are living in a closed system. We are limited by space for we can not be in two or more places at once. We are also limited by time - we also occupy a space in time.

But we are not truly aware of time as it really is. Many people think continually of the past - with nostalgia or regret. Or they think of the future with hope or fear. But to live in time in that way is to live in illusion. We must discipline ourselves to live in the present! We need to focus on and be alert to what is unfolding around us at this time and in this space.

Jesus' teachings show us a God Who is the Master of space and time. He sees all, knows all, created all and prepares all. He knew each one of us before we came to be, even before the creation of time itself. God is not limited by time - He creates time!

In God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we live in eternity where we can not be touched by the passing of time. But, of course, we live as well on the river of passing time. This is why, to save and awaken us, God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, was incarnate - that is He became human and submitted Himself to the flowing of time and space.

Chronologically speaking that event was the most important one in the history of the cosmos. It occurred at "the right time", that is at exactly the moment which had been prepared for it. Everything that came before was a preparation for this moment and everything that comes after is an unfolding of this moment. This is how we Christians look at time.

This holds for everything in our lives. We are free. We have choices to make, good works to do, fine words to speak and lovely thoughts to reflect upon. But let us also be secure in the recollection that God holds on to us and that all shall be done on His part "at the right time" for our good, our salvation, our happiness - and the salvation of the cosmos.

Glory to our God, the Lord of time, space - of all that is and that shall be! Amen.

V. Rev. Ihor Kutash