Reflection on reading of the day July 31 “A living tradition”

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“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.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.(Mat 13:47-53)

How does the Church view tradition? What do people mean when they say they are a traditional Catholic? The Church view tradition as a living reality. Tradition is not opposed to change, in fact tradition is necessary for change to occur. Here is an example. In order for a man to walk forward he has to have a foot firmly planed behind him. When Pope Benedict allowed greater freedom for the extraordinary form of the mass he said, “The tradition of the Church did not end in 1960 nor did it begin in 1960.”

Tradition doesn’t mean that something that was said in 1500 can be applied without any qualification in 2014. Pope Francis says this view of tradition is a form of fundamentalism.
In the Gospel today we have a beautiful view of how the Church view tradition, “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away… and, Every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storehouse both the new and the old.”

The Holy Spirit is the author of tradition. What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit makes all things new. The Holy Spirit makes the Church young. The Holy Spirit takes what is good from our tradition and makes it new. The Church is not a museum of old relics. The Church is a living reality and eternally young.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s