Commentary on the Gospel of
As the first part of the gospel repeats a similar message to that of the parable of tares, I must now stop to explain this mysterious sentence:
"Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old."
We always say that the Kingdom of God is good news, which implies originality, even strangeness. But Jesus talks about the head of a house hold who takes from his storeroom old things too. In our lives, there are many things which God already talks about: customs and traditions which are really divine and Christian. Jesus doesn’t want to do tabula rasa. He appreciates the good things which we have inherited from our ancestors.
However, the Kingdom of God entails a certain discontinuity. The newness of God requires breaking with the rotten. “To new wines, new wineskins”, says Jesus on another occasion. True life consists of respecting traditions and old wisdom, whilst leaving ourselves open to the Spirit’s action although we do not know where He comes from or where He is going.