On Seizing the Day…

 Oftentimes we can get caught in a rut of promising tomorrow while wasting the opportunity of today. The stoic philosopher Seneca had a strong stance on this topic as he writes, “Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow, and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” The fact remains that life is fragile and tomorrow is never promised to us. Christ many times in scripture offers endless glory to individuals who would otherwise never come face to face with such a call to greatness ever again. The thief on the cross, the random fishermen, the tax collectors, the church officials, the rich man and many more; these individuals lived immediately as Seneca puts it and what they gained was infamy gained by humble servitude to the very God that knit them together in the womb. This idea of seizing the day is alive and well in Christianity…St. John Bosco saying to his students, “run, jump, shout but don’t sin” and St. Augustine with his infamous quote telling us to, “Love and do as you please”. Live every present moment well and live Holiness immediately all it takes is a prayer of gratitude and the shaky nervous first steps and pretty soon you’ll be running. 

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