Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:16
The different hours of the day are characterised with different activities that make the human life worth the while. The day time is considered to be the active-hours of the day, mostly spent at work, school or other activities that are carried out with vigour and resilience. The evening on the other hand, is the eventide, usually a time to recount the activities of the day; taking appropriate stock of successes achieved and strategising about the challenges encountered. The evening is also a time of relaxation from work and reckoning, a break from the hustles and bustles of the day’s activities.
In the spiritual parlance, one could liken the eventide to the eternal bliss in heaven to which every good Christian aspires. This is the moment of reckoning, a time every Christian relaxes from the earthly sojourn. A time to take a relief for work well done or grieve for the work neglected. Fast Falls the Eventide is a clarion call for Christians to brace up to the demands of their calling and live with eternity in view. It is a call to all and sundry to make the most out of what they have and whatever they can lay their hands on. It is an invitation to hold our banners high as Christians and never let the distractions of the modern day sweep us off our feet. It is not a call to fear, but a call to be confident in what treasures we own as Christians.
St. Paul admonished the Christians at Ephesus thus: “Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days.” (Eph. 5:16) The days are truly evil because many standards are raised against Christian values and moral dicta especially in modern times. The days are evil because of the level of confusion the modern man faces in the course of making the fundamental decisions of his life. The days are evil because immorality is fast burying those moral values we once held so dear. The days are evil because the human race is besieged by a level of hardship that is beyond what is material; man has turned out to be a threat to the life of his fellow man. The days are evil because there are high levels of violence and war the world over. The days are evil because the level of terrorism and intolerance that abound are giving rise to very harsh economic conditions. Faced with the fact of the evil days, what then shall the Christian do to ensure relaxation at eventide?
There is need to revive and promote values that are Christian and values that enthrone, respect and preserve the human life and progeny.
There is need to sanitise families and small Christian communities of fake doctrines and allied teachings that do not augur well with our Christian faith.
There is need to work hard to make our conditions better in the little manner we can.
Reaching out in charity is imperative for the Christian; to do just a little in the bigger work, which is making life better for the next person.
Committing ourselves to a life of prayer because prayer gets us connected to God as the source and summit of our lives.
Beloved, today the Holy Spirit admonishes Christians to be mindful of their eventide despite the challenges facing the world today. Decide not to despair but dwell in aggressive prayer to God. He will ensure that you have adequate rest during your eventide. It is only then can we make bold to say that we made the most of opportunities offered us in life. It is also only then that the evil of the day will not threaten the bliss of our eventide because, Fast Falls the Eventide.
Phil. 7-20; Ps 146: 7. 8-9a. 9bc-10; (R.5a); Accl Jn 15:5; Lk 17: 20-25
- LEO THE GREAT, PP, D. M
- Thank you Heavenly Father for the gift of Your word.
- I worship You for the countless opportunities You give to me in life.
- Grant me the wisdom to understand the words You speak to through the events of our life.
- May the evil days not swallow and take me far away from the bliss of heaven.
- Grant us wisdom and understanding to journey through this life. Amen.
Exercise: Sing with devotion and meditate on the words of the hymn: “Abide with Me”, by Henry Newman.
Memory Verse: Galatians 1: 4