ST. PAUL’S LETTER TO TIMOTHY
The time has come for me to be gone.
I have fought the good fight to the end;
I have run the race to the finish;
I have kept the faith;
All there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me,
Which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day;
And not only to me, but to all those who have longed for His appearance.
Life is fleeting, the passing of moments upon moments.
Embrace them as they come; do not cling to them as they go.
In this alone is there tranquility.
Moments of birth, moments of death; moments of planting, moments of uprooting; moments of killing, moments of healing; moments of knocking down, moments of
building up; moments of mourning, moments of dancing; moments of casting stones, moments of gathering stones; moments of embracing, moments of departing; moments of seeking, moments of forsaking; moments of keeping, moments of discarding; moments of tearing, moments of mending; moments of silence, moments of speech; moments of love, moments of hate;
Moments of the passion of moments – this is life.
There is a suffering natural to this flow; there is no escaping either sorrow or joy.
Do not add to the first by clinging to the second, for in doing so you deny the flow itself.
Live the moment, attend the doing; accept whatever comes into your hand.
In this only is the path to tranquility and peace.
GOSPEL OF JOHN
Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house, there are many dwelling places.
If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.