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If you think You’re in a hurry, you have no idea how fast you’re really getting there

May 24, 2012

Feeling a little Rushed Lately? – Well,  you might be surprised at how fast you’re actually moving, even when you’re “Standing still.”

  • The earth at this latitude of Washington DC is spinning at about 750 Miles an hour. [1]
  • But the spinning earth is also rotating around the Sun at approximately 67,000 miles an hour. [2]
  • And, the sun around which we move so fast is also rotating around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy at 483,000 miles per hour. [3]
  • And the whole universe is also spinning and moving outward at 1,339,200 miles per hour. [4]

It’s dizzying to consider our speed and motion: A spinning earth rotating around a sun which is rotating around a galaxy which is rotating around a universe at millions of miles an hour. So if you think you’re standing still, think again. We are actually hurtling through space at dizzying speeds.

Yes, you’re on the move! You’re moving so fast you met yourself coming back. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re loafing.

Here are some biblical speed texts, hurry up and read them!

Look! The Lord advances like the clouds, his chariots come like a whirlwind, his horses are swifter than eagles. (Jer 4:13)

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands O Lord. (Psalm 119:60 Heth)

Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop! (1 Sam 20:38)

God has told me to hurry. (2 Chron 35:21)

I am not sure why but when I thought of a fast song, Vivialdi came to mind. Here is his setting of the 113th Psalm In exitu Israel de Aegypto, Domus, Jacob de populo barbaro….mare vidit et fugit! (In the going forth of Israel from Egypt, the House of Jacob from a barbarous people, the sea saw and fled! Enjoy a song that sets a brisk pace.

And here’s Vivaldi muy rapido, like you never heard him. It’s the Summer Presto on accordion!

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  1. Ed says:

    Vivaldi’s Summer(Presto) moves along at a fast pace too. See Sarah Chang performing it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hvN0X92K4k

  2. Vijaya says:

    Wow! My tongue would stumble over all those Latin words 🙂
    When I think of hurrying up, I always think of Mary, who went in haste to see her cousin Elizabeth.
    Thanks for the great musical selections.
    Vijaya

  3. Taylor says:

    Whooosh!

  4. RichardC says:

    Awesome accordion video.

  5. Robbie J says:

    Looks like we’re ALL living life in the fast lane!

  6. Cathy says:

    I kept thinking of the old Army adage, “Hurry up and wait”, seen from a different perspective!

  7. Blake Helgoth says:

    Msgr.,

    Ok, now you’ve got me thinking. If the universe is spinnining, what is it spinning in realtation to? Trying to find an answer and I’m getting a charlie horse between the ears!