29 September 2019
1 Timothy 6:11-16
They will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead
My journey in ministry has taken an interesting turn of late, and I am curious as to what the Lord has planned for me. As I navigate new waters and start to be called upon by our spiritual director, who has been making his presence felt in many ways, let’s just say that his methods may be a tad ‘unconventional’ for those around who have been serving for a long time. I must say, though, that he has brought about much-needed change at the centre.
And while some of the changes appear to be merely cosmetic, I can appreciate why they had to be implemented. Sometimes, change needs to be seen in order to be felt. And when visitors see these changes and comment on them, the ripple effects can be quite beneficial. “Wah, so clear!”; “Finally there are new screens. Can see the words better.” (both referring to the new monitors that have been installed); “Like a breath of fresh air.” (referring to our new logo). Of course, the more cynical among us may ‘pooh pooh’ the changes but there is no denying the positive vibes radiating among those who welcome change.
In this day of instant gratification, it has taken us literally close to 2 years to effect these much-needed changes. Some may be puzzled and ask, “What took you so long?” I, for one, have experienced the inertia that is present when things start to get a wee bit too comfortable and familiar. It is human nature after all, to be content with the tried and tested, to stick only to what we know and not try new things, new ways in order to improve. Countless meetings debating the merits and pitfalls of processes and procedures come to naught when the mindset is ‘if it ain’t broke, just let it be.’ Just yesterday, a ministry brother and myself finally identified a whole wall of decommissioned, discarded equipment to dispose of. What a carthartic experience it was, as we finally shed years of ‘baggage’ and legacy (for me at least).
So how do we convince those who continue to stick to their old mindsets and ways of thinking that in order to move forward, one needs to change from the inside? Even after Jesus rose from the dead, there are many who doubt, many who continue to live in sin, many who question if He actually is present in our lives. We just have to look around in our parishes to gauge whether people actually believe Jesus is present during mass. Because it appears that unless there is clear evidence, many of us just don’t accept the fact that He is truly with us and continues to walk among us.
Brothers and sisters, how long are we going to continue living in denial? How long are we going to carry on thinking that we are right all the time, and that others around us don’t know what they are talking about? How long are we going to continue to preach to others without listening closely to fresh perspectives? How long are we going to say, “I have been around longer than you, therefore I know better”?
Jesus died and rose from the dead. In doing so, He changed the lives of those who saw, those who heard and those who believed. Let us continue to believe that He is changing lives even today.
(Today’s Oxygen by Desmond Soon)
Prayer: Jesus, you continue to light our paths and carry us through all the seasons of our lives. May you always continue to be the guiding light as we navigate through the rough seas.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for never giving up on us.