“There is no contradiction between God’s gentleness and God’s fierceness: they are both expressions of his love.” Fr. Robert Barron
In a Rom/Com featuring Meg Ryan, her character (I can’t remember which) quipped “Change is just something you have to get used to that you weren’t expecting” or something to that effect. It stayed with me because when you strip away all the unnecessary, isn’t that all change is? Change, is really a troublemaker. What is a troublemaker you ask, well, it depends on how you look at it. Of course we have “formal” definitions for everything but MW doesn’t recognize troublemaker as a legitimate word, hmmm. Google results give dictionary.com definition as – a person who causes difficulties, distress, worry, etc., for others, especially one who does so habitually as a matter of malice.
Let’s take that run with it shall we. EVERY BODY. EVE-ER-RY BO-DY is a troublemaker at some point and time in their life, errbody!! People at work who do (insert action), people at home who (insert action), people in public who (insert action), people on the road who (insert action). Want more specifics, ok. This past Thursday I worked out with a new trainer who, caused me difficulties (I hate V-Ups on the ball) distress (trainers are really bad a math/counting) and worry (I had no clue what was coming next) only thing missing was malice and that came from me because I asked for it, so if my application is correct – just as it is, then my trainer is a troublemaker. But the beauty of it is that is how great change comes about and in a weird, twisted way, we are expecting change but it has to look the way we imagine it, if it doesn’t then we want no parts of it.
In his Advent message Fr. Robert Barron likened Jesus as a troublemaker because He came to bring about change and well all know how that ended. But before the end: the foretelling of his coming, his coming/arrival, stay and departure caused a lot of people a great deal of difficulty, distress, worry, etc but there was no malice, only the purest of intentions. He did and does want us to get used to something that we weren’t expecting and in His case, I think it’s a good thing. The person or situation that brings about change is most definitely, IMHO, a troublemaker.
See, the Sanhedrin had it right all along, Jesus was (and still is) a troublemaker and yep, he means to cause harm.
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
What ails you?