Liturgical Time

News flash: We do not control time. Every day we wait. We wait for help, for healing, for days to come, for rescue and redemption. Yes, we are even waiting to die. And we wait for glory, for the return of Christ, for the resurrection of dead and the life of the world to come. Christians are people who wait. “We are God’s children now, and yet what we will be has not yet appeared” (1 Jn 3:2).

But we quickly grow impatient. How can I wait for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come, which is slow and imperceptible in coming, if I can’t even wait for water to boil on the stove? As one who is a beloved child of God, I must wait for my Lord, my soul must be still in Him, and my whole being must simply hope in His Word. And why? Because Christians exist in an alternative time. The church has its own time.

Within the liturgical calendar, time is no longer arbitrary—a marketing ploy, a back to school sale, a national holiday, a sports season. Liturgical time has shape and meaning to it. The rhythm of true life is the rhythm of God breaking into time and bearing His flesh for the life of the world. Every year is the year of our Lord. It’s the story of Jesus. Its Advent, Christmas, Epiphany; how God’s people long for the Messiah, Christ’s birth, and then, slowly, His revelation as Savior to all the world. Lent, Easter, Pentecost; Christ’s temptation, life in a fallen world, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension, and then the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. We live this liturgical time, not because of some ancient custom, to show off, to “change it up,” no. Rather, we live this liturgical time because this is the very work of God for the life of His people. This is God’s narrative and we are the “people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand” (Ps 95:7). And in liturgical time, there is plenty of time, space, for waiting.

As we wait, we realize this truth: time is a gift. We need the one, holy, Christian, and apostolic church to remind us that time is not a commodity we control, manage or consume. Liturgical time teaches us, day by day, that time is not ours. It doesn’t revolve around us. It revolves around God - what He has done, is doing, and promises He will do. Thus, waiting is an act of faith that is directed toward the future. Yet our hope always remains in Jesus, the beginning, middle, end, and time redeemed, brought to its fulfillment in eternity. So because of Christ, we wait with expectation. The rhythms of the church’s liturgical calendar direct us to our ultimate future. Even as we wait, our body and soul are fixed where true joys are found, to that future glory when God will set all things aright. Living within liturgical time is the only medicine for our culture of impatience. It sets us apart as a peculiar people who resist the incessant go, go, go, of consumer driven life. Scripture tells us that when we “hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Rom 8:25). We live each ordinary day in the light of a future reality.

The future orientation of liturgical time reminds us that we are pilgrims on the way. It allows us to live patiently waiting for what is to come, but never giving up hope that we saints of God have a future, because Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, lives, and reigns to all eternity.

Your servant in Christ, Vicar Meier

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