0.34 Seconds - the time it takes to blink your eye; that's as quickly as everything can change for the better. When I prayed the Rosary this morning, I meditated on Jesus' Resurrection, putting myself in his tomb. One second He was there, wrapped in His shroud. And in the next second, with a brilliant flash of light, the shroud lay flat on the stone slab; He was gone. That's how quickly God can change defeat into victory.
We have little glimpses of this throughout life. Think of those times when the phone has rang with a surprise invitation, or you ran into someone you hadn't seen in months; or you got an email out of the blue. One moment everything was moving along as ho-hum as usual and then boom - you're like a rocket shooting into the stratosphere. Life is not just one long struggle, carrying the Cross up Calvary; it's also shot through with these experiences of the Resurrection -and we never know when the Lord will surprise us next.
What we know for sure is that each second brings us closer to that instant when "we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed" (1 Cor. 15:51-52).