The Cross and Time

The Enemy?

More than 2000 years ago, Jesus died on the Cross. On that first Good Friday, The Son of God was put to death in his fleshly existence. His Death is victory for you and me. The victory is made clear in the Resurrection, which is a pledge of eternal life for those who believe, those who live faithfully to the end.

The victory of the Cross has always been proclaimed as the victory over Death. But the victory should also be understood as a victory over time itself. The one thing every human being that comes into existence must grapple with is time. While no one knows how much of it he or she will get, the fact is that he or she will have it for one purpose only -- as the gift of God's patience.

During Easter, we look to the Resurrection, not as a historical event but as an event that transcends time. During the Easter season our attention turns to the End -- to the resurrection of the dead. Throughout the centuries, philosophers and theologians offered reflections on time and how to understand it. However, modern science has given the impression that time can be defeated by helping people to prolong this life. The result is that time is seen as an enemy rather than a gift.

As the Church continues to celebrate Easter, every believer should take some time to reflect on time itself. Despite the improved longevity we now enjoy, our time is a precious gift in which we are asked to embrace the Cross. In the time we are given, if it is used well -- for the greater glory of God -- then through the resurrection time becomes eternal.