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Doctrines & Morals

Tradition and Change
By Rev. Fr. Francis Babatunde

It is always difficult to give leave to old way or traditions especially when what is introduced is out rightly new and unfamiliar. This is the case with Elizabeth and the relation of the husband in the naming of John.

We witness here the strong family and community influence in Elizabeth’s life, from the fact the relatives and neighbours tried to name her child. When Elizabeth protests, “No, he is to be called John,” they still object by pointing out in a protesting manner that she is breaking tradition. “None of your relatives has this name”. They try to override her objections by appealing to the child’s father. They must have thought that, surely, the father would be very happy to have the child named after him. When he, too, stated categorically, “His name is John,” their insistence was turned into complying wonderment. Tradition has its value but sometimes traditions and customs can be set aside in favour of something which is new. Because some practices are traditional, they don’t have to be Perpetual. Traditions can come to fulfillment and, then, God breaks into the cycle, with a better idea and steers the old tradition in a new direction.


Prayer: Lord, make us to be open to changes especially to the glory of your name. Amen 

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