Does your experience in mass on Sunday have an impact in your week? Today, Jeff explains the difference between Kronos and Kairos time, and how we can take the moments of mass and carry them into the rest of our week.
Snippet from the Show
“Sacred time transforms secular time.”
“Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce
“If I could save time in a bottle, The first thing that I’d like to do, Is to save everyday ’til eternity passes away, Just to spend it with you
And if I could make days last forever, And if words could make wishes come true, We’d walk through the fields of ripening corn, And time would flow through us and you, And I’d save everyday like a treasure and then, Again and again I’d spend them with you…
If I had a box just for wishes, And dreams that had never come true, The box would be empty except for the memory, Of how they were answered by you”
A lot of our days can be rather mundane, in the sense that they are similar to each other and we have certain responsibilities we have to attend to in order to live our lives. But when we look at the Bible, specifically the days of Abraham, we find that he lived a life very similar to ours. He had certain responsibilities as a father, husband, and leader in his community, and a lot of his days seemed mundane. But there were certain days that things changed, and he was different because of them.
Kronos vs. Kairos
The Greeks had two words for time: Kronos and Kairos. “Kronos” refers to clock time, or time you can measure. “Kairos”, however, is not measurable. Instead it’s qualitative, meaning it deals with moments. Kairos has a spiritual sense to it, and is time that has been lifted out of Kronos.
Here are a few times we see biblical characters experiencing Kairos moments:
“So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, ‘Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?’ And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.”Luke 24:28-35
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”Ephesians 5:15-16
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”Philippians 4:7-8
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Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.
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