I don’t like change. I don’t know too many people who do but I especially hate it. It could come from moving a lot when I was a kid. It come from an historical awareness that makes me suspicious of any change fulfilling its promise. It is all too possible I’m simply stodgy and lazy and change means I have to work to learn something new. Nonetheless, I don’t like change.
I change. Just because I don’t like change doesn’t mean I won’t do it when it is needed. I am unalterably opposed to “change for the sake of change” and always will be. I am completely in favour of change to address what is wrong with an eye to make it, whatever it is, right.
Our texts this week are all about change. It looks like they are about calling but the call is to change, hence my clever sermon title “Called to change.” One of the things I noticed in our Old Testament and Gospel lessons is how they demonstrate the transition from a single point of leadership, a single person called to lead God’s people was the norm until Jesus. The change Jesus brings in when he calls his disciples is a distribution of leadership; God’s people go from a pyramid to a plane.*
*Not the flying kind, the flat like a table kind 🙂