LEARN ABOUT NEW THINGS
Jesus Christ gives us wisdom so we can make the best use of both old and new.
In today's Gospel from Matthew, Jesus warns the disciples about the problem of having a "closed mind" that refuses to learn new things. Jesus as always - used an image familiar to his followers - new and old wineskins. What did Jesus mean by this comparison? Are we to reject the old in place of the new? Just as there is a right place and a right time for fasting and for feasting, so there is a right place for the old as well as the new.
Jesus Christ gives us wisdom so we can make the best use of both old and new. He doesn't want us to hold rigidly to the past and to be resistant to the new work that comes from God in our lives. He wants our minds and hearts to be like new wine skins - open and ready to receive the new rich wine of the Holy Spirit!
During Jesus' ministry something new was happening. He came to people who had particular expectations about who their savior was going to be. When Jesus Christ started teaching and working among them, many did not accept him. He was not only breaking a lot of rules, he also was throwing out a few. Some did not realize that he did this to reveal a radically different way of knowing and following his heavenly Father.
Now our challenge is, - are we eager to grow in the knowledge and understanding of God's word and plan in life?
In today's Responsorial Psalm we acclaim, Praise the Lord for the Lord is good! At times on our way to spiritual progress it seems we have been blocked, by unyielding obstacles that marked almost the end of the journey. It could even have been opposition by enemies. We may have had spiritual fatigue and lack of faith. How shall we get by? How shall we go ahead?
Yet those unsurmountable obstacles disappeared; the way was cleared, and the journey continued. A mighty hand opened the way for us again and renewed hopes and bestowed courage. This brings to us new beginnings, a newness of life!
Are we ready to let our faith in Jesus change us?
Let us also pray today for our Nation and for our leaders. Let us also pray today that our Nation will look up to the shining ideals and the reverent attitude that the founders tried to embrace with the grace of God. Blessed Independence Day!