It’s Time for the New Year

“It is a striking fact, easily overlooked, that in the New Testament Jesus Christ begins His public ministry by speaking of time, and that He likewise refers to time in the last conversation that He has with His disciples at the very end of His earthly life.  ‘The time is fulfilled’ (Mk 1:15): so Christ commences His preaching, while immediately before his Ascension He says to the eleven, ‘It is not for you to know the times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority’ (Acts 1:7).  Both at the outset and at the conclusion of the story, the question of time confronts us time as fulfilled in Christ, time as a mystery still hidden in God.  What, then do we mean by time?”  (Bishop Kallistos Ware, THE INNER KINGDOM, p 181)