1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31
I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
While St. Paul, here in this excerpt from his letter to the Corinthians, was particularly thinking within a framework of Christ’s inauguration of a new era, begun at the Cross and Resurrection, we, as a country, watched a new era be inaugurated on Wednesday.
I watched that inauguration; and at the end, I felt inspired—especially by the words of the poet laureate Amanda Gorman (if you did not hear her poem, you should check it out here). And despite the fact that I’m not a huge fan of country music nor of the hymn Amazing Grace, the moment that caused the pent up tears to flow down my cheek was the moment when he invited all Americans to sing together the words: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”
We’ve all heard that “timing is everything,” and that we must seize the moments when they present themselves. And, today, St. Paul reminds us that we Christians live in a parenthetical time between the Resurrection and the Return of Christ. And that must mean something to us, and it must be a moment, a framework , that we recognize—not for inaction, as it might seem St. Paul is conveying, but for action.
And just like Brooks who pluckily seized the moment few days ago to bring a divided country together, now is our moment, Church of the Advent, to boldly dream and renew our commitment to carrying out the work of the Church, the work of love and reconciliation, inaugurated by Christ himself.