Chronos and Kairos

By Melodious Monk
 
Chronos and Kairos — Our time and God’s time. I know much is written about this fascinating concept of time. I don’t get deeply into it philosophically or scientifically, but to me it is a reminder that our time on earth is not our end, not even close. As a young person, I always struggle when people quote the Gospel phrase “He who endures to the end will be saved.”  In looking at this phrase through chronos time I wonder, is this life really just about enduring, and if so, what is the point?
 
So far in my life I’ve most often find kairos in nature and in singing, though I figure there are as many possibilities to enter God’s time as there are people. It’s these moments where time stands still, and a doorway seems to open to something extraordinary — which I may recognize but can’t understand — it’s these moments that help pass the chronos time, that help ease the pain inside, that send me back to practice my art, that push me to try again at a broken relationship, that allow me to try and care for others, that give inspiration to go about my work. Perhaps today I may feel God’s peace and a moment of kairos. And if not today, then perhaps surely tomorrow.
 
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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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