by Howard Hain
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Sometimes I feel I have no identity at all. I am at each new successive moment the current culmination of the influences upon me.
I don’t know if this statement is true or not, or if it has any truth attached to it at all—or if perhaps it is merely some kind of “existential” temptation. But just in case there is something to it—something worth paying attention to—I should probably then also ask this very real and relevant question:
What influences are upon me?
If I don’t begin my list with “THE WORD”, then something is certainly not right.
Something is clearly out of order.
“Lord…order our days in your peace…” (Eucharistic Prayer I)
It is worth noting that ‘days’ takes the plural form, as does ‘words’.
And let us remember that that is not what God sent.
God sent His Son. Not words.
“And the Word became flesh…”
Jesus is truly singular. So much so He is the only universal.
So as we receive our daily correction, and as we get ourselves back in order, let us spend time sincerely reading Sacred Scripture, and let us also remember to never mistake the words for The Word: The Living Breathing Presence of Jesus Christ. The Person. The Man. God Made Man. The Only True Being. Ultimate Reality. Ultimate Unity. Ultimate Oneness. The Guy Next Door.
For Jesus is alive.
He lives “before the foundation of the world”. He lives a few thousand years ago. He lives tomorrow. And yes, He lives today—much closer in fact to each and everyone of us—and in much less “extraordinary” circumstances than we too often are told to think.
Let us be influenced.
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
—2 Peter 3:8