“Then he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who is instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.” (Mt 13: 52)
In this passage Christ is talking about those who are “instructed” in Christian teaching, and minister “out of this treasure” in some way. I find these words relevant to any of us more or less intellectual people, who aren’t content just to believe, but make an effort to learn about faith, and study it at length. This study then compels us to share this knowledge, to “bring forth” from this treasure, in some form or other – whether we are priests or not. Even if my “ministry” is only to myself, I do “bring forth” from the storeroom of my heart and mind, in some form.
What strikes me about this passage today is that Jesus mentions bringing forth “things new,” – not just “old.” In fact He mentions the "new" first. And, as many commentators have noted, He does not mean the “Old” Testament and the “New.” What He means is that alongside the "old" wisdom of Tradition, I am called to ever-new insights about it, in ever-new situations, on a daily basis. I am not just called to repeat what has been said or thought in the past, but to live my faith anew every day, giving new birth, in my own context, in the context of today’s Church, to the Word of God. That’s why the Mother of God is classically seen as a symbol of the Church, which, in every new generation, gives new birth to the Word of God.
That’s a challenging and exciting prospect. So I remind myself today to embrace it, “bringing forth” the treasures of the Word of God in the context of my own life, in ever-new ways.