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  • Nico Quintos

Sacred Opportunity

Time is one of the most precious gifts of God to us. Yet, it's all too easy to forget its value. We are often caught in the illusion of permanence, living like our days on earth are without end. This disconnect between the reality of our finite existence on earth and how we spend our time leads to a life filled with missed opportunities and misplaced priorities.

As a priest, I have the privilege to pray for and pray with the dying. A common regret of the dying is the wish that they had spent more time with their loved ones, that they had spent more time with what truly matters. Whether it was the long hours at work or the misplaced priorities that kept them away, the realization often came too late.

After 40 days in the desert, Jesus emerges, proclaiming, "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel." Jesus calls us to an awareness of the present moment. He urges us to recognize that the time given us is not just a passage but a sacred opportunity for fulfillment, for conversion, for transformation. Jesus' message is a wake-up call, reminding us that our time on earth is short and that we must live with purpose and intentionality.

Living as if time is unlimited can manifest in various ways: procrastination, neglecting our health, strained relationships, and an absence of spiritual life. We delay our repentance, thinking there will always be "more time" to turn back to God, to mend broken relationships, or to pursue our true calling. This mindset can lead to a life filled with regrets, as we realize too late that the time we thought we had is gone.

Acknowledging that our time is limited should not lead us to despair but to a deeper appreciation of every moment. It invites us to live more fully in the present, to cherish our relationships, to pursue what truly matters, and to deepen our relationship with God.

How are we using the gift of time? Are we investing it in ways that bring us closer to God and one another? Are we making time for prayer, for acts of kindness? NQ


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