Newness

by webadmin on 04/21/2016

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 24, 2016

“A new commandment I give you; Love one another as I have loved you.”

                                                                                                                        (Jn 13:34)

Newness

New converts,

New heaven and a new earth,

And a New commandment,

Become the theme of today’s Gospel readings.

If the new comes in, the old usually goes out, yet some just can’t risk change.

Change disrupts long held patterns and asks, “What if I _____? (Each fill in the blank.)

Old is:

  • Comfortable, routine and safe.
  • Antique and profitable.
  • Obsolete—computers for example.
  • Forgotten or maybe forgetting.

Old is

  • Time worn.
  • Out of date and behind the times.
  • T. commandment—Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
  • T. commandment—Love your neighbor as I, Jesus, have loved you.

Where as …

New is:

  • Unknown, uncomfortable and unsafe.
  • Innovated and risky.
  • Untried and inventive.
  • Futuristic and modern.

New is:

  • Refreshing and rejuvenating.
  • Revising and restoring.
  • Advancing and moving forward.
  • Revolutionary and untrodden.

And so …

Change is in the air; it’s time to bravely risk the new.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. How has Jesus called you to Agape Love?
  2. Would you risk martyrdom for your Faith?
  3. What needs changed in your life as a Christian?
  4. What steps will you use to turn your life around and change?
  5. What might happen to you if you do take the challenge of change?

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