Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 7, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Old skins, new skins, old cloth, new cloth, old wine, new wine . . . .
These are the words that sing-song throughout today's Gospel.
I get a little confused at first because I would think that something that is new would be better—new skins, new cloth, new wine, but then in the end the Gospel says, "The old wine is better."
The point is not about something new vs. something old, but about appropriateness of things old and new. In other words the substance of our choices must suit the requirements of the moment and yet be able to stand the test and stress of time.
It is likewise with forms of worship and praise. Be they old or new, they must be fitting praise to the Omnipotent God. They may for a time seem appropriate, but as needs and circumstances change, so too do our prayer forms. It doesn't mean necessarily that one is better than the other, but that one currently seems more suitable.
Perhaps in the end we might say, "The old is better,"—like the first prayers we learned to say with all the love, praise and sincerity of young hearts:
The Sign of the Cross, "In the Name of the Father . . . .
Glory Be to the Father . . . .
Our Father who art in heaven . . . .
Hail Mary full of grace . . . .
O my God I am heartily sorry . . . . “
"The old is good." (Luke 5:39)
- Donna Nelson, OCDS --
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