Psalms 100:1, 2, 3, 4, 5
“…no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine
will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.
But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.”
New things… Do you like new things? Do you seek change out? Are you comfortable with change? Or, like me, do you find change disruptive, difficult, at best uncomfortable?
When I was younger, I think I always associated newness with goodness. Newness meant progress, advancement, growth. But, then, newness became change--parents aging and dying, longtime friends moving away, dreams being dashed by the realities of humanity, work that was once fulfilling becoming stale and confining, beloved sons growing to manhood and beginning the flight away. And, suddenly, I am resisting change, mourning the inevitable losses that accompany it even if it is good change, and sometimes even participating in a kind of anticipatory grieving process that obscures the joy in the present moment. How bad is that?
So, when I looked at today’s gospel, I again felt like someone had some secret insight into my heart and head—and had deliberately assigned me a scripture because I needed to grapple with it. While I know that is not the way it occurs, I also know the Spirit has this way of making coincidences opportunities. And, so, here are my reflections…and my prayer.
Spirit of Life,
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