Transformation

Last night I gave the reflection at our monthly Taize gathering at St. Hubert. The theme I spoke on was transformation.

The theme seemed a fitting one during this Easter season: Jesus’ resurrection reminds us of that no matter how bleak things look, God will not stop trying to bring all things to himself. And when God begins to reconcile all to himself, everything is changed.

One of the fundamental questions of our discipleship is: do we, in fact, want everything to be changed. Do we want the world to be transformed? Phrased more personally: Do we want to be transformed?

The question is important because what God wants is our transformation, a deep inner conversion. The first reading I selected for last night comes from the writings of Dietrich von Hildebrand (hailed by Pope Benedict XVI and others as one of the most prominent Christian thinkers of the twentieth century). von Hildebrand describes well what it is that God seeks from all of us who claim discipleship in Christ: that we become different persons in Christ…that we open ourselves to let Christ “fully transform us, without setting any limit on the modification of our nature under His influence.”

Whether we really want to be transformed is a much harder question. In my reflection I talked a little about some of our hesitations, those things that make transformation challenging to us.

You can find a recording of my talk here. (The podcast runs for 11:24.) If you are interested in the readings we used for the service, which I refer to in my talk, you can find them here.

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