I am convinced that everything we have and are is a gift and the Lord has given us time to use and share the gift we have received. It is up to us to value and cherish it.
One of the gifts we cannot keep but we can use is time that occasionally seems to fly and if we are not careful can escape our hands. I believe we all should learn to value the time we have and the things we have done or others have done for us. We need to become grateful.
It is with this concept in mind that I would like to express my gratitude for this 5 years in this parish. It doesn’t mean I am leaving. It just means that we don’t need to wait to the last moment to express our gratitude to those who have filled our lives with blessings. All of you my brothers and sisters are the way God has blessed my five years in this parish.
I have try to serve you and use the time given to me, to enjoy your company, and to walk together in this life for the time the Lord has determined for us here at St. Martin. And I encourage you to do the same.
Time, because of its nature, doesn’t know pause. It continues even when we would like to stop it, and is not faster when we desire that things will be over. As time, we should never stop, but we should find the way that God will be always present because what is the time without its author, what is movement without the one who moves everything.
While it is truth that we cannot stop time, we need to pause, stop what we are doing and to reflect about faith, life, family and friends… And see how lucky we are. Because for us who believe time is not just the time in which we live, but more. It is in the time in which God out of time, and live in eternal present, wanted to bless our time with His presence that in fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (Gal 4;4-5).
Five years is the time we have walked and we continue to work together in this community, I’m grateful for your incessant support and encourage you to continue to walk and work with me to use the time God is given to become better sons and daughters of God, and to make this Parish a community after God’s own heart.