3 August
Mt 13:47-53

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
          "Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."
          When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.

I can see how old things can be brought out of the store: that's where they are kept.  And new things begin to be old as soon as they are put in storage.  But how can you bring new things out of a store? 

It must be that the old thing begins to be new again as soon as it is brought out of the store.  It appears in a new light, it is constantly renewing itself as it is seen from different angles.  Bringing a truth out of storage is not like hauling out a lump of dead matter from a storeroom.  It is a new discovery in the present. 

I had a multitude of professors in my youth who went to great pains to show how the new was caused by the old.  But if the new is caused by the old, then there is nothing new.  (This conclusion probably gave them some kind of reassurance.)  When light comes into a dark room you don’t say that the light is caused by the darkness.  Instead there was an opening and the light came in.  Sifting the past is moving things around so that new light can shine through them. 


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