SATURDAY: 7th July, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 9:14-17
Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
A topic that has been trending for the last two weeks is that of a group of young footballers and their coach trapped deep in a Thai cave. Experts, identified as persons with ‘special’ knowledge and skills in a particular area, have been consulted every step of the way and significant progress has been made. Even though everybody may be aware, not everyone has been consulted because the title of ‘ an expert’ is one usually attained as a result of extended acquisition of knowledge and experience.
Therefore, from today’s Gospel, it will take some knowledge of wines and experience with wine skins to arrive at the conclusion Jesus did. His words: ‘No one puts new wine into old wine skins’ is a very broad conclusion, however, it takes on an even broader meaning when we begin to expand its context. This is because it is rather easy to take some words at surface value and not expand on its meaning because the generalised conclusion is a positive one that includes ‘us’.
His choice of ‘No one’ seems to include everybody, but a category of people can safely be excluded: ‘those who have no idea that putting new wine into old wine skins ruins both the wine and the skin’. A statement like ‘Everyone can drive’ is a generalised conclusion, which is true only when the requisite knowledge and skill set are attained.
So, my dear, there is some knowledge you need to acquire, otherwise the things that appear to include everyone, may exclude you. It sounds eye popping, but that is a reality. Without knowing about wines, what will inform your decision to put new wine into old wine skins? And without knowledge of clothing, what is the guarantee that you will not fix a tear in an old cloak with a patch from a new one? Think about these words.
Remember # there are things NO ONE should do, but if you don’t know about them, you may be that someone who does them.