When the fullness of time came, he also came who was to free us from time. Freed from time, we are to come to that eternity where there is no time. You’re not told, “When the hour comes,” for it is an eternal day, a day not preceded by a yesterday nor driven away by a tomorrow. In this world, however, days roll on: some come and others depart, and none of them remains. Even the moments while we are speaking drive one another out: the first syllable fades so that the second can sound. Since we began to speak, we’ve grown slightly older, and right now, no doubt, I am older than I was this morning. So nothing stands, nothing in time remains fixed. We must, therefore, love him through whom times were made so that we may be freed from time and be fixed in eternity where changeable time will no longer exist. (In Ioannem, Tr. 31, 5: PL 35, 1638)
Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.