August 12

Reflection

Jesus warned his disciples about the problem of the “closed mind” that refuses to learn new things. He used an image familiar to his audience – new and old wineskins. In those times, wine was stored in wineskins.  New wine poured into skins was still fermenting. The gases exerted gave pressure. New wine skins were elastic enough to take the pressure, but old wine skins easily burst because they were hard. Jesus indicates we are not to hold rigidly to the past and to be resistant to the ongoing movement of the Spirit in our time. Our minds and hearts are to be open and ready to expand and receive the new evolving insights, understandings, and revelations of the Spirit in our own times.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit, that I may grow in the knowledge of truth.

Action

Am I eager to grow in the knowledge and understanding of the evolving revelation of the Holy Spirit in this time? Where do I cling to the old and close myself to the new?

Suggested Reading

He told them a parable,: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.”
Luke 5:33-39

Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.  
Isaiah 42:9

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will
counsel you and watch over you.
Psalm 32:8

We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.
Max de Pree

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
Jim Rohn

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
George Washington Carver

I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
Georgia O’Keeffe

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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