“Behold, I make all things new.”
We are experiencing some new things around us this Easter season and spring. God gave us an awesome Revival night last Monday that was new for some of our visitors which included neighbors who just popped in. Getting complaints about the church being too hot that night was something new! The gorgeous and consistent spring weather has indeed been something new in our area. Things certainly seem to be new for our town’s hockey team, the Washington Capitals. They are the best team in the NHL playoffs which is new, and they are doing things in the playoffs they have never done before. They usually have an early and painful exit from the post-season. Now, I know that today’s reading from the Book of Revelation isn’t referring to sports teams, but hopefully this will be the year for the Caps and us fans: “no more mourning, wailing or pain”, and that “the old order has passed away” (!).
Does Christ really make all things new? In a general sense, Christians know that the answer is yes. The “new heaven and new earth” are brought out by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Believing this is at the heart of what means to be a Christian.
But, in a personal sense, many Christians offer a different answer. Some Catholics grumble that Holy Mass is “the same old thing” or that the Sacrament of Reconciliation consists of confessing “the same old sins over and over again.” Complaints about prayer derive from “asking God for the same things.” It appears that when Christians describe a life in Christ, they talk more about what is the same or old than what is new!
Christ makes all things new! We actually celebrate that newness (again, in a general sense) at every Mass. And, Confession is the best way to get rid of old, bad habits and to start new ones. Prayer is so much more than asking God for stuff! It is a relationship.
Speaking of relationships, imagine falling in love with someone. They are new to you in so many ways. Their particular gifts of beauty or kindness or intelligence might be refreshing and attractive. But, it’s more than that…it is just something about them in general. They are new and unlike anyone you’ve ever met. Being with them makes you feel like a new person. Developing a relationship with them makes you a new person. You begin to see life and yourself in new ways. And, hopefully, they are all good.
With Christ, new life is ALL GOOD! It really is a resurrection experience. His Grace changes us to be good…in ways we’ve never been good. His sacrificial love is new, deep, and never-ending. We see the world around us differently; it has become “a new earth”. We see ourselves in a new, beautiful way; we have become “a new creation”. We are loved by Love Himself and are motivated to do all things for Love. Love makes all things new. Christ makes all things new!
May you know the peace of the risen Christ,