Beyond the Clouds by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, S.A.C. - Page 88

time. Such evasiveness serves as a license to carrying on with our present lifestyles and models of production and consumption. This is the way human beings contrive to feed their self-destructive vices: trying not to see them, trying not to acknowledge them, delaying the important decisions and pretending that nothing will happen.” Hence, read the signs of the times. It is there “we can see that things are now reaching a breaking point, due to the rapid pace of change and degradation; these are evident in large-scale natural disasters as well as social and even financial crises, for the world’s problems cannot be analyzed or explained in isolation… if we scan the regions of our planet, we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God’s expectations.” When we are young, the years seem to pass very slowly. The first 30 years are like the take off and transcendence through the clouds. The next 30-40 mark gaining the right altitude, and the cruising speed at which the bulk of the distance is covered. The final 20 years are a time for the preparation for the landing, and the wheels finally touching down. Destination arrived! The start is filled with energy and expectations, and the landing is often marked by fatigue. Of course, there is the joy of meeting our dear ones and of homecoming. For a believer in God, this is the ultimate arrival home: life in the presence of God. Have we reflected on the role of the plane’s wheels in our journey? They take the impact of several tons of weight, roll down on the runway, then let us go. They vanish into its belly, and reappear out of nowhere to re-establish our contact with the real world. Just imagine if these wheels did not come out of their resting place! May God be merciful! In some ways, these wheels have the function of our parents, loved ones, and friends who help us take off and fly. When we land upon harsh realities of life, they are once again by our side to absorb the pressure and lead us home. The musing on the air pocket is meant to help us reflect on the unexpected 88