Something Entirely New

Painting of an old woman reading the Bible by a fireplace
The daily lectionary for January 12 includes Matthew 9:1-17

Finally realized that I have always missed the point of the metaphor in Matthew 9:16 (“Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth?” NLT). Hello, it’s clearly NOT about patching things up. If what you have is new cloth, you won’t be patching the old clothes, you’ll be making new ones. See Mt. 9:17 (new wine, new wineskins, all new …)

So, sticking with the metaphor, what’s the “old thing”? Way of life? Religion? Ideas about reality, and the appropriate practical response to it? Other?? Anyway, Jesus is not here to install a patch, he’s here with a whole new operating system.

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