But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day (is) with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

2 Peter 3:8

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One of the most significant ways we are called away from God in secular culture is by time.  We are always “on the clock,” always in a hurry – just think of traffic in a densely populated city, or driving on a well-traveled interstate highway.  Everyone is rushing, anxious to get somewhere by some particular time.  Or think about the day you live and how the clock dictates the many things in a day that you “have to do,” and do “on a timely basis.

What does the above say to you?  Are you trapped by time as the secular world uses it, and uses you?

Peter is reminding us of God, God’s time, of the difference between sacred time and secular time, between temporal time and eternal time – eternity.

At this very moment you occupy eternal time and there is no escaping that reality, no more than you can escape that you are created and called into being by God or that you are designed to know and desire both God and eternal reality.

When I return to Washington, I attend daily Mass at a wonderful Catholic parish in a comfortable neighborhood.  Each morning at the nine o’clock Mass 40 or more men and women, even school age students, come to worship.  I notice that some of  these faithful, good people engage the prayers with great rapidity.  These dear people proceed with speed, a breathless dash many times.

They are, without knowing it, bringing temporal time and its qualities and demands into sacred reality, what is eternal.

But temporal time is not eternal time.  It is but a slice of eternal time.

Imagine a 200 pound man trying to fit into a suit of clothes made for a 90 pound 12-year-old boy. Our 200 pound man is unlikely to get so much as a leg in the trousers made for the 90 pound boy.  Something larger is not something smaller; and besides a man with nary one leg in a pair of pants made for someone smaller looks out of place.

My point?  When you pray, remember you are engaging what is sacred – something larger.  Be reverent.  Slow down.  Savor what is said.  Pause from the rush of the mortal world.  Preserve what is eternal.  Do not be captured by what is secular and temporal.