I suppose we are all guilty of resorting to the familiar for a bit of comfort. New things are always a bit of a challenge, they can excite but there is always the nervousness that can follow and the attraction of the Status Quo. New things and difference are not always better and the wise individual should weigh up the pros and cons before taking the leap into the unknown.
Having said that, where would the World be without someone who is willing to take a risk! Brave hearts will to see possibilities and be open to everything newness has to offer.
The Disciples wanted Jesus back, just as he was, the inspirer, the motivator, the one whose challenge was hard to resist. They wanted those intimate evenings back again. Eating with him, breaking the bread that meant so much to them all.
The Cross had changed all that, His death a disaster.
But now comes the real challenge. All the talk about Rising and Resurrection. One moment in the tomb the next walking and talking on the road to Emmaus.
A choice! Stick to the familiar and grieve for the death or take a real risk and look to the Risen Jesus for a way into the future.
God’s newness changes everything.
“And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods
with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.”
Gerald Manley Hopkins
Just a thought!