All around us these May days there are signs of change: graduations, weddings, religious professions. ordinations, job moves, deaths, births, plants budding forth, etc. Change: the act or instance of making or becoming different. Some of us readily embrace change others of us wish for life to stay the same. The French classical writer Francois de la Rochefoucauld is famous for the maxim: “The only thing constant in life is change.” Life is constantly changing. Some of the changes in our lives are easier to accept than others. Yet, the changes in our lives take us to a deeper sense of the mystery of God and reliance on a power greater than ourselves. In many ways the changes that take place in our lives call us to a deeper relationship with the Divine who is with us in the midst of change and uncertainty.
From the Gospel of John in the Christian Scriptures we witness a group of people undergoing change. Men and women gathered together out of fear. Fear of what? Fear that more would be asked of them? Fear that change was taking place in their lives? Fear that the call they received was to go deeper within inviting openness in their daily lives? Yes, to all of this questions! They were afraid to rely on the power of God who could do more than they could ask for or imagine, they were afraid to trust their deep inner selves, they were afraid if they allowed the power of the Spirit within their lives that more would be asked of them. Are these our fears as well?
To all these fears Jesus comes to their deepest selves and says, “Peace be with you.” And if they did not hear it the first time, Jesus says again, “Peace be with you.” In essence Jesus says to them receive the Holy Spirit who abides deep within you, receive the Spirit of God who can transform your hearts, heal relationships, open your minds and gentle your spirits. Believe that the power of the Divine Spirit is the greatest treasure of all times. These words are for us as well.
The Divine Spirit is with us in the midst of change and uncertainty. Through tears, questions, joys and sorrows that are part of change, God’s infinite love, compassion and courage is ours.
We go forth embracing change knowing that the Spirit of God is with us.
Blessings and peace.