“What Is New and What Is Old”
Give us understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus, O God, but guard us against thinking that we have understood all that we should or as well as we should.
The way we feel our feelings and think our thoughts and say our words and do our deeds will tell the tale, anyway.
As we grow in our understanding, O God, cause us to bring together what understanding we have attained in the past and what understanding you give us in the present.
Help us to hold on to what has stood the test of time even as we are open to new ways in which your Spirit might be moving.
“‘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.” (Matthew 13:51-53)