Grace to you!
Two situations (among a few others) have made me more aware of the pain of regrets. One is listening to mourners as they recount the past, missed opportunities. Regarding their deceased loved one, they hope they could have done things differently. As a priest, I get this more frequently than I would have loved to during preparations for funerals. It breaks my heart.
The second is deep sorrow for wasted opportunities in the past – it could be due to wrong choices, sour relationships, missed business opportunities or career paths, etc.
Don’t we have some regrets about the past? It could be minor or major. Sometimes we wished the clock were rewound. Unfortunately, the past is gone. We face a new reality, the now and the tomorrow. We are hopeful we could make better of what we have, though many of us see it sleep while we procrastinate. This monster of procrastination is hard to conquer.
Once a young man was tormented by the wrong choices he had made in life, including the pains he caused his ex-wife. The priest reassured him there is no past God can’t heal if we allowed God by remedying what we could. There are many things about the past we can’t change. Only God can. We need to do what we can and trust God to finish the rest. Part of what we can do is restitution, repentance and walking with God in faith with an eye on a blessed tomorrow.
The priest could see tears run down the eyes of this young man while he prayed, as he had never before; asking God to give him a second chance.
Believe you me: God is all for a second chance. It could be we are in that second chance right now. Consider what the Lord said in the Gospel of Luke 12:39-46, no need to procrastinate. Make every minute count. Transform the second chance to become the first. Redeem the time.
There is no smarter way to redeem our time than by making every tick of the clock count. Make the best of it; and years ahead, you will see your time was well spent.
If fiscal recklessness takes its toll on the economy of a person, wouldn’t you think that every wasted time would have a spiritual impact too; just like any good use of time has many blessings?
Be that wise, prudent steward the Lord talks about in the analogy in the Gospel of Luke 12:42-48, about whom the master would exceptionally bless for being at his or her duty post. Such a person fears no personal, particular judgment – at the moment of our death (see Hebrew 9:27), or universal judgment, when the world would come to an end.
Or do you suppose the world wouldn’t come to an end or that you wouldn’t someday pass? Certainly you are aware of this inevitable event, but many times we don’t think about it. It is time we had better started thinking about it.
I pray God to give us the grace of redeeming our time; being at our duty post. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.