How often do you ask or have you been asked, "What's new?" What is most often the reply? Is it something we need to think about before we answer? Our response lukewarm and not really notable? Do we anticipate the one whom we've questioned to tell us something or is it more a conversation starter with little expectation that the answer will have much merit? From time-to-time do we share "good news" with another or celebrate such news when it's shared with us? It's so easy to say nothing's new; to be caught up in the mundane or the woes of our own lives and the magnitude of daily strife in our communities, country and the world. Sort of like the movie Groundhog Day, each day repeating the one before.
These are words from one of our Eucharistic prayers: "Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation, the Body of Christ given for the world you have made." You and I affirm this request, spoken by the Celebrant on our behalf, as we boldly respond AMEN! at the close of the prayer.
Consider seriously these words from the prayer. As we leave the table after being nourished and fed and when we walk through the church doors on Sunday morning, re-entering a world so desperately needing hope and light, will you and I remember the words?
Perhaps if each of us listens with a new ear, a new heart, a new perspective, we might hear not only that which is said, but also the unspoken concern, desire, need, co-mingled with the routine response. Might we, with new eyes, a new heart, observe the world around us, painful as so much of it is to see? And with these new eyes and heart, look with compassion rather than judgement?
What if, when we're asked, "What's new?" we make a remarkable response? Take someone off guard and say, "I am!" It's a new day, a new opportunity, a new risk to take...with all of our senses, seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching, can we experience a new world each day? And further, how might we act as the Body of Christ that we ask to be, in the So Be It AMEN we answer to the prayer? What will be do to help create a new world where justice, peace, freedom, mercy, hope, light, and love prevail?
God can, does, will make all things new!
Happy "New" Year,