LIVING THE PASCHAL MYSTERY
Mark Twain once said, “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” Our brains are wired to be comfortable with the familiar. We don’t need to think about walking; we simply walk. We don’t need to invest much mental energy in routine tasks simply because they are so familiar. The human brain spends minimal mental energy on the routine. And this is a good thing as the brain can then spend its mental energy on other more critical tasks.
But this can also be a problem in that unexpected, by definition, does not conform to routine. So being open to the unexpected is probably a good habit for us to cultivate. Aware that we are hardwired for routine, it takes extra energy to be open to new things and new experiences, even new information that does not conform to what we already know or even “know for sure that just ain’t so.”
When we take in new information that causes a change in our way of thinking we experience a metanoia, to use a favorite term of Luke. We die to our old preconceived notions and allow something new to rise up. But sometimes our first reaction can be like the townspeople of Nazareth, and we can seek to destroy the messenger. Allowing new information to influence us and ultimately to shape or even change our minds is a difficult process. We let go of the past; we let go of our old ways of thinking. We let go of what “just ain’t so” and embrace something new. This is kind of a paschal mystery. Living Liturgy 2019
As I mentioned at Mass last week, I will be on holiday for the next three weeks. I am fortunate that Fr Peter Fahy and Fr John Dykes have made themselves available to supply over this time. As you are aware, it is not just our need for young priests. In years past there were enough priests in the area to cover for one another, but this is no longer the case and so I am grateful for your understanding when it comes to Communion Services. I will be turning my phone off while I’m away, not to be rude but I need a proper break and I’m really looking forward to it. I will be equally pleased to return in three week! God bless Craig
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