Change is an inevitable part of life, but sometimes that change can be completely radical – a new direction of travel – requiring new ways of doing things, seeing things and of understanding. That was the case for Mary and Joseph, for the magi, perhaps even for the shepherds. It was certainly so for the disciples who first followed Jesus. It was certainly so for St Paul. And I am sure it is – or is to be – so for us.
The LORD said to Abram: Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you. Genesis 12:1
An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Matthew 1:20-21,24
And when they had brought their boats ashore, they left everything and followed Him. Luke 5:11