“A Time for Everything,” Even a Wedding

building blocks“There is a time for everything under the sun,” says Ecclesiastes.  John Houseman made famous the phrase, “We will serve no wine before its time.”

There are specific tasks for every stage of life, according to psychologists.  To miss one stage is to delay the next; to skip one is dangerous not only to the individual but to all those around him/her.

Like a Monopoly game, you simply cannot pass “Go” until you go around the board.  Along the way, you pay a little tax, perhaps St. James Place, New York Avenue, or one of the railroads; and God-forbid Boardwalk or Park Place.  (Big rent areas!)  There are no short cuts to playing Monopoly, only strategy.  We in the U.S. love short cuts.  If there’s an easier way to do something, we will not only find and use it but we will brag about it for weeks to come.

“I bought this suit for only $75.00, it’s regularly $350.00!  Isn’t this a deal?”  We all marvel at the suit wearer’s good fortune.  “Boy, if that could only happen to me,” we think to ourselves.  “Why does he get all the deals.”

“Short cuts and something for nothing” could be an American theme.  You’ve successfully bypassed what the rest of us schmucks needed to endure.

Faith needs to be transposed into our daily lives.  After all, we only have our daily lives to organize and work with.  So, faith can easily become a commodity.  “I can’t come to Mass today but can I still get a host?”  I think only an American would even think of asking that question.  “I’m in a hurry Father, can’t I just make a general confession?” asks the businessmen during his lunch hour.

There is a wedding feast.  It is prepared for each of us.  Doesn’t the image of a wedding surpass all other events in our daily lives?  It is so special, everyone is dressed up, everyone is filled with hope and happy.  We want to make the potential of this newly wed couple our own.

How “prepared” we are for this special wedding feast depends on each of us.

•    You cannot be a mature adult and still harbor petty, childish thoughts.  There was a time for that and it has passed.
•    You cannot be a mature adult and think that the world bows at your feet.  There was a time for that and it has passed.
•    You can’t be a mature adult and believe that everything works out for the good with a flick of a magic wan or a secret potion.  There was a time for that and it has passed.
•    You can’t be a mature adult and feel that your needs are above the needs and concerns of others.  There was a time for that and it has since passed.
•    You can’t be a mature adult and feel that God is waiting for you to slip up so that He can punish you.  There was a time for that and it has, indeed, passed.
•    You can’t be a mature adult and feel that God looks at all the stuff that you’ve accumulated and calls it “good.”  There was a time for that and it has, happily, passed.

Yours and my list can contain a long list of things which we hold on to and just can’t let go of for dear life.

God’s wedding feast is ready and prepared, just for you.  Are you ready?  Have you passed “Go?”

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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