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2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B – 2023-2024

It happens that people discussing a certain issue may not agree on one point or another.
Then, one person may say with conviction: “It’s a question of… perspective!”

This expression came to my mind as I read the 2nd reading of today’s celebration (2 Peter 3:8-14).
The apostle Peter writing to the first Christians tells them:

“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day”.

The words are clear, but we may need some time to realize what they mean.
The saying itself is not obscure, but our minds may not find it easy to grasp fully what it involves.

We may need some… adjustment – adjustment to God’s perspective!
His way of appraising time, yes, but more still appraising reality.
His way of considering life and how it unfolds, and what it allows us to become…

The period of Advent is described as a period of waiting.
It may be the ideal time for us to adjust ourselves to God’s measurements of –
      what is real,
      what has meaning,
      what human experience is about,
      what is our destiny… in this life and… the life after this…

The apostle Peter reminds the first Christians:
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
 Instead, he is patient with you…”

Perhaps we need to learn to be patient also…
Patient with life’s unfolding – disturbing situations, shocking events, unfulfilled expectations…
Patient with ourselves – our limitations, our failures and failings…
Patient also… with God! Yes, for we know him so little… and he is so patient with us!

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World Metrology Day – 20 May 2023

Measurements supporting the global food system

Welcome to the 2023 World Metrology Day Resource website. The theme for World Metrology Day 2023 is Measurements supporting the global food system.

This theme was chosen because of the increasing challenges of climate change, and global distribution of food in a world whose population reached 8 billion at the end of 2022.

World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications. The original aim of the Metre Convention – the world-wide uniformity of measurement – remains as important today as it was in 1875.

The World Metrology Day project is realized jointly by the BIPM and the OIML. We hope that you enjoy this site and that your Country or Metrology Organization will join us and participate in this year’s event.

Warm regards,

The WMD Team


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