Thursday, 7 June 2012

Container and the contents

Here's another way of expressing Mathew 9:17... (the one that speaks of new wine in old wineskins and all that stuff)
I'm going to give you a new vision of the world that you will taste like new wine, but it isn't going to make a bit of difference unless you have some new wineskins.  If there are not new structures that reflect the new attitude, then even the attitude will be lost.  Both container and the contents must be renewed - or they will both be lost.
A so-called new attitude  inside an old world order that we accept uncritically will finally dilute and even destroy the very attitude.  It's not enough to talk about some kind of new inebriating wine, some new wisdom, without new wineskins, new structures, a new world order. 
[Richard Rohr, Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount (Mumbai: St Pauls, 2009) 42.]

 That was my point of meditation this morning.  Made a lot of sense, especially while I was reviewing some of those things which I thought were very challenging but nothing followed... within me. I guess it was new wine but the wineskin was still old.  Got to constantly be the new wineskin too, and not just secure some new wine!

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