In this unsettling time, it seems we are pulled between two great tugs of human longing. One tug reaches for hope and transformation, intuiting a beauty and wholeness of our truest selves that we have yet to embrace. The other resists change, afraid that more loss will be too difficult to bear if we loosen our grip on the familiar.
Paul spoke of our life in Christ as transformation to “a new creation: everything old had passed; see, everything has become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). God is always offering transformation:
rather than merely letting go for the sake of change,
as opposed to simple adaptation.
Trusting in God’s promise of transformation requires patience and community. We are inspired by the first responders—especially our health care workers across the world, including some of our lay missioners—whose patient service to and accompaniment of our communities during the long COVID-19 recovery is an example of incarnational spirituality. Their compassionate presence has lessened our collective grief and given us hope.
In recent weeks our Maryknoll community has shared stories of God’s faithfulness. We have acknowledged the increased needs and challenges within our regions and discovered strength through new ways of gathering and reflecting.
It might be difficult to believe that any good can arise from the pandemic. And yet, any transformation requires our participation. May we, as an Easter people, allow God to open our hearts that we can step out in faith and love with the risen Jesus, always involved in the encounter, healing and release of our full humanity.
Yours in mission,