Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Daily Office Reflection: Fear of Change

Psalms 26, 28 * 36, 39; Job 12:1, 13:3-17,21-27; Acts 12:1-17; John 8:33-47

Jesus and "the Jews" are going at each other today with both barrels loaded in their battle of wits and reason. Jesus is saying so much that is new to them, so many new concepts that shake the very foundations on which they had built their understanding of the world. 

That kind of fundamental shift in thinking can bring fear to anyone who has ever experienced such a shift. For everything changes when this kind of shift happens. And chief among those changes is that we see and understand the world differently. We are the same and yet different, the world is the same and yet very different. And shaking up the powers-that-be as Jesus is doing in this dialogue that we have a snippet of today, is a very dangerous thing, for with that change, power shifts, and people who have power many times do not willingly give it up.

This is a dangerous road we walk when we follow Jesus' lead. Dangerous and provocative and life altering and world changing and difficult but with rewards that are untold and far different then any expectations dreamed of.  Unheard of and undreamed about because God is involved and God is full of surprises.

Copyright 2008, John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.

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