Transitions

Transitions

Father Paul Mark speaks on Transitions: “The world and its enticements are passing away but whoever does the will of God remains forever”, 1 John 2:17.  The phrase “passing away” in Latin is transitus.  In English we get the word transition, meaning a change or passage from one state to another.  I would like to offer a reflection then on life transitions.  

Can anything or anyone ever remain the same?  No, everything and everyone is always in a state of change even when stable.  Every seven years we humans complete a cycle of renewing every cell in our bodies.  We also know, maybe too well, that this body of ours diminishes in strength and vitality.  Transitions are part of life.

What are the transitions you undergo at this time?  Have you recently experienced the death of a loved one?  Have you changed career paths?  Have you welcomed a new addition to your family?  Have you made a life commitment, either to marriage, religious life, or ministry?  Such transitions are life altering but not all transitions are necessarily major.

As I stated above existence is not static.  Life is always in flux, life is always new.  Nothing remains as it is but for one moment.  Even a massive mountain or a large rock are forever being eroded.  As the clock ticks away so every second becomes part of the  irretrievable past.

As Christians our existence is rooted in eternity, in what the Gospel calls the Kingdom of heaven.  Our lives as followers of Christ are lived in seeking first the Kingdom of heaven and its justice, not at some point in the future but NOW.  “Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation,” 2 Cor 6:2.

Whatever transitions you experience, big or little, know that these are windows into eternity, to prepare you to meet, even now, the God who loves and knows you."

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