“Brethren: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph 5:15-16 RSV).
True in St. Paul’s day. Perhaps even more so in our day. If the Apostle to the Gentiles was so urgent for his contemporaries to “make the most of time,” how much more urgent is it for us today?
A lot of sand has slipped through the hourglass since Paul wrote that, and yet for a great deal of that time, life was somewhat stable and comprehensible. From century to century there were, for example, important technical advances, but they developed at a pace which was rather more human than the way new things pop up now.