If you knew about a bank that had an account in it for you that received a daily deposit of $86,400, but the deposit came with some conditions: 1) that at the end of each 24-hour period the account would zero out and any funds in the account would be gone, and, 2) none of the funds could be withdrawn to put in another cash account.  Both these conditions had to be fulfilled to get a subsequent deposit.  What would you do with the money in the account?  The simple answer is, you’d spend it – on whatever you wanted to, until it ran out because you can’t save any according to the rules.  At the end of 24 hours the only evidence of that money would be whatever you spent it on and the real ‘value’ of the money would be evidenced by those expenditures.  There is such a bank – it’s the bank of TIME, which each day deposits 86,400 seconds in your personal account which will be spent during the 24 hours of that day and you can’t save any of it or carry any over to the following day.  The value of that time remains in the results of how you spent it.  Think about how much of that ‘currency’ you invest in growing your spiritual life.  How much of your 86,400 seconds do you give to God daily?  If I suggested to you that you spend just 1% of your daily time communicating with God, would you do it?  One per-cent isn’t much at all, right?  In a day, 1% of 86,400 is only 864 seconds, of a little less than 15 minutes.  Jesus asked the Apostles to watch one hour with Him in the Garden the night before He died.  They had a tough time staying awake.  Can you spend one quarter of that time ‘watching’ with Jesus each day?  Consider how much time you spend driving to and from your work, or how much time you spend getting dressed in the morning, or how much time you spend chatting with your friends and co-workers or family members in a day.  Then think about the Bank of Time and realize that the lasting value of your time is in how you spend it and you can’t ever recover any of it that is squandered or lost or otherwise not wisely invested.  This week make a commitment to God that you will invest 1% of each day in your spiritual development by spending it with Him.  You’ll be amazed at how the value you build will compound and accumulate over a year’s time.  God bless you all and please continue to pray for the priests and ministers as we do for you.

Pastor’s Points is a bi-weekly feature about faith, family, and life, from our pastor, Father James Flynn. It is published in our parish bulletins, as well.