Old and New



Old and New

Matthew 13:52 English Standard Version (ESV)

52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

My year always starts in September unlike the rest of the world.  For the past 30 odd years, at this time, I could always be found in the school preparing for the new young scholars who would soon wander into the hallowed halls of learning.  I loved using the time to reflect and consider my praxis – to consider what treasures I could bring to each child to support their learning.

Thankfully, in the same manner, our faith, and, by extension- the church- is continually evolving.  I wonder what this means for us as the body of Christ, now and in the future.  What are we willing to let go of and what do we desire to give ourselves to?

The language and development of some of Jesus’ parables point to finding, discovering, being surprised, changing roles and status.  Jesus uses metaphors such as the maturing ear of corn, the seed, weeds and wheat growing together and yeast rising.  Life is not static.  Something new and good is coming into being.

What does this mean for us? Why is it important?  We humans grow and change slowly.  As we take the next steps of our journey this fall, let us remember to be patient and reflective, bringing out and considering all our treasures as we make room to welcome what is good and new.

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