Change is the essence, and I will add, essential component of not only life, but that of discipleship in Jesus. Though essential, I am not saying change is easy. While it is the drumbeat of life and discipleship, my main question for what follows is: are we listening to that drumbeat and willing to dance? If you look up the word change in the dictionary you will see French, Latin, and Celtic references to root meanings such as "to substitute one for another,” to “alter; exchange, switch," to "bend, crook;” and from the Irish reference to “prisoner” meaning "to take off clothes and put on other ones.”
In church-speak, the topic would be repentance, transformation, and reformation of one’s life to which Jesus dedicated His ministry. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the good news!” (Mark 1:15) Repent comes from two sources: Hebrew for “to feel sorrow” and Greek word Metanoia meaning to “change of mind and heart.”
There is the human temptation to stay in the unchanging and sorrow filled state of our brokenness by either rationalizing it away or wallow-ing in it. But the essence of change, of repentance, of metanoia is that there is an after, an alteration, a reformation of self through the grace of God.
Ok, so much for the academic discourse. My question for you to ponder: are you listening and willing to dance with change? Consider some of the following:
That your baptism is more than you becoming a member of the Christian club, but membership comes with an anointing to be a disciple in the environments of your life.
That your confirmation was not a graduation of understanding in a moment, but the beginning of your standing with your God in all things of your life.
That marriage is more than a wedding day of happy ever afters, but a sign and symbol of God’s grace amidst the changes that occur within a life-long relationship.
That a Cursillo weekend is not the “it,” but an opportunity to become closer to Christ and accountable for one’s discipleship through Group Reunions.
That Group Reunions are not to be closed minded, but an eager willingness to not only change over time by adding apostolic actions externally but also welcoming new members internally.
While you take an opportunity this fall to change your clothes, to listen to the rustling in the trees, and dance at least once in a pile of leaves, may you ponder more deeply the drumbeat of change that Jesus is calling you to each day of your life.
Dn Mick Humbert