As we slowly march on into the third millenium AD, let us remind ourselves that this could be the year of the Lord’s return. I know it is so easy to live as if the eschaton is eons away – and indeed I chuckle when I remember Fr Neuhaus’s quip that we may be (for all we know) still in “the early church” – but our Lord did say that he is “coming soon”, and it has ever been the character of the Christian faith to look for his return. “And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.” (Mark 13:36)
Father Time is not eternal. There was a “first year” and there will be the last. Time may seem “an ever rolling stream” to us, but it is not a so much a running river as a road leading from somewhere and going to somewhere.
I pray that 2009 – if it is NOT the “last year” – may at least lead you forwards along your journey, and not backwards or off on some tangent or up some garden path. My simple word of advice along your journey is this: “Sentire Cum Ecclesia”.