Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw how good the light was. GN 1:3-4

If you attend the Easter Vigil this evening, you will witness the priest light a giant candle called the Paschal candle. This candle is rich in symbolism. Almost all of the symbols can be seen year after year. For example, most Paschal candles have an alpha and omega symbol to show that God is the beginning and the end. However, there is one symbol on the candle that changes yearly. The current year, 2018, will be written on the candle. When we see 2018 this year, let’s consider it a reminder that God is in the present moment. 

Often times, it can be quite easy to think of God as alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. We have faith that God is the author of our creation and hope that we will be united with Him at the time of our death. What can be difficult, however, is the focus on the present. In the age where technology is at our fingertips, all too often we are looking back on pictures of memories from years ago, or making upcoming plans with friends. But, what are we missing in the here and now? What are we missing in 2018? 

God is desperately trying to get our attention in the present moment; whether through a beautiful sunset or the smile of a child. These things, though hard to believe, are one-time occurrences. The sky will never look exactly the same as it does today. Children are constantly growing and developing before our eyes. 

Let us ask God for the grace to be present. Let us ask Him for the grace to be attentive to Him and others daily. 

Where is God revealing Himself in the here and now? Challenge yourself today to find God in the present moment. 

You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence - Ps. 16:11

Patty Hussey