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The meaning of time as grace

January 15, 2017

Time is only given to us as a Grace from God in order to connect the dots so we can find the true meaning for our lives.

 

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,

In this season of Epiphany, or the Public manifestation of our Lord Jesus in the Flesh as the Son of God, the King and son of David, and as the Savior of the World, the Church gives us opportunity through many prayers and multiple celebrated events form Jesus’s life to find our true Identity. In fact, looking at Jesus’ life, the occasions of the visit of the Magi, the Baptism at the Jordan River, and the first public miracle of Jesus when he turned water into wine in Cana of Galilee, a clear purpose for Jesus’ life takes full shape.
In Consequence, our existence in our relationship with God, through Christ each other and the world takes also not only a shape, but a destination. Time with Jesus in this prospect becomes called: Holy Time, Salvific Time, Time of Redemption.
I like to remind people that time away from Jesus has no destiny, has no meaning, has no value. Why? Because time without Jesus could be a vicious circle of promises, followed disappointments, followed by a return, followed by militancy, followed by violence, and interrupted by DEATH.
Time with Jesus opens wide and permanently brakes the vicious circle by giving a new dimension to Time: Eternal Life of Joy and Peace. This is the absolute truth of Christianity, whether people like to accept it or not.
In Jesus, time is not repeatable, time is not linear only, time is not circular and neither our life is between falling rising and falling again. With Jesus, in Him and through Him, time is a redemptive Time, time for our salvation, a time in which we walk with Jesus while He becomes our Life, He becomes Our Way, He becomes the Truth until He leads us all to the House of the Father, beyond death, destroying evil, and reconciling us with God the Father. There, in His Father’s House, there are many dwellings for all of us.
Time not only then becomes a unit of numbers and a measure of distance and space, but then Time becomes US. Yes, with Jesus we are the New Time. Because the saints in God, are like the stars of heaven, like the light of the world, and the life of many.
Today, Christianity in the world is being faced with an existential threat between losing its destiny and purpose, and joining a false identity by becoming a part of a passing world. Christians must not forget that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again. The Second Coming of Christ is the final destiny of this passing time.

Unless through Faith, Hope and Love we practice from now the Holiness of living like the Children of God, Christ might come, time will be destroyed, and those who enter will live in light for eternity, whereas those who do not enter, might remain in darkness called: the Second Death.
This second death lacks hope, does not contain faith, and it is the enemy of love. any life without Faith, hope and Love, is a life of stagnant evil, and evil that locks everything in, that does not allow movement any more, that makes destiny disappear, until evil devours itself going back to what IT IS NOT. Total absence as if it never has been and never will be again.
As difficult as my word to you might be today, all you need to know is this: do join the Eternal Life by coming to Church, by always trying to grow in grace and repent from sin. Otherwise, the end of evil is total absence, total death, total vanishing and the only one that will remain, is Jesus Christ who is the destiny of all times, who gives life to those who believe in Him, and condemnation to those who do not.
May your faith in Christ save all souls back to Christ.
May your hope in Christ, bring back peace to the World.
May you love to each other, bring back Christ to enlighten the world.

 

Amen.
 

Fr. Andre Mahanna
Pastor

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Reverend Father Andre Y Sebastian Mahanna, Special Patriarchal Delegate and Director of the Office of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue for the Maronite Church, Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles.

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