John Henry Newman once observed that to grow is to change, to grow perfect is to change much. But change is hard. We see that in the farewell discourses that St. Paul gives to the elders at Ephesus and that Jesus gives to his disciples in the Gospel of John. The elders and disciples don’t want to lose the one who had been their leader, their teacher. Both Paul and Jesus warn that with the change there will be troubles and difficulties. But for the communities to grow they will need the change which comes with the departure of their teachers. As we confront the changes which inevitably come in our families, neighborhood, churches we must find where God is leading us into the new.