Change is in the Air!
Change is inevitable. You can’t live with it and you can’t live without it.
We find ourselves in a season of change. The leaves have turned into a vast array of beautiful colors and are quickly falling to the ground, leaving behind stark, gray limbs. The temperatures outside are mostly falling, though some days they jump to a point that gives one hope that winter isn’t all that close.
We find ourselves in a year of change. Practically no one alive today has lived through a pandemic. At the start of 2020, no one could have predicted what we have experienced. The changes that we’ve had to make to survive turned the world, our country, our lives on end: stay-at-home orders; closing of businesses, schools, and churches. Never before in our lives have we had to make such drastic changes, much less all at once! While we attempt to live with the existence of COVID-19 in lives, we may very well never be able to go back to the way things used to be, to what we considered normal. Protests throughout the summer have asked us to consider changes in our society. It’s a political year which brings its own changes.
As our liturgical year has progressed, there’s been change astir. Throughout the summer, the Gospels we heard proclaimed on Sunday were parables, or about miracles or healings. Now as we head into the last month of the liturgical year, what we hear proclaimed in the Gospels take a turn, the teachings change and start talking about the end time (eschatological discourse). With the end of the liturgical year, the Church reminds us that life is about change and that all things come to an end – and what this means for us.
One of the things we’re asked to remember throughout all this change is that God is the only thing that doesn’t change! God remains our Source of Being, the One whose love never changes, the True Compass who never leads us astray, the Giver of Grace that comforts and supports us in our need. It’s easy to get caught up in all the changes and to think that we don’t have any control and fall into despair. Yet there is one thing we can control – where we choose to put our faith, where our certainty is. While our faith may waver, God never does and asks only that we reach out, not in only in times of confusion and fear, but also in times of hope and joy.
Like it or not, change is part of our lives. There’s a lot we can’t control: we can’t control the seasons of nature; we can’t control the outside temperature; we can’t control COVID-19; we can’t control our bodies shedding old cells for new ones. What we can control is keeping our focus on the one who promises us life anew, on Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
~ Jeanne ,OP