Do you know what time it is?
It’s really a key question for our lives, because time has a way of slipping up on us.
What time is it?  Paul tells us it’s time to be awake, and to be transformed into the newness that God’s future will bring.
Paul expected the appearance of the Lord in the very near future.  It didn’t happen that way, but who is to say it still isn’t true?  Cardinal George is reflecting on his own mortality and realizes that he may not have as long as he would like left on this earth.
When one is into older age it is apparent that most of life as we know it is over, and we may reflect both on what has happened and what is yet to be. Sudden death,fatal illness, old age, natural causes;  we all succumb.  The question is not if, but when we die.  So, what are we to do as we await.  Paul says, “Wake up!”  Love, mission, service, that’s what’s called for.  What time is it?  The time for love, generosity, service, awareness, for salvation is nearer now that when we first believed.
Put on the new life of Christ and await the transformation with joy and gladness.
Bob Haas