[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 17: JANUARY 17, 2022]
Mark 2:18-22. No one pours new wine into old wineskins.
“Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
Our faithfulness and reasonableness cannot be stagnant. If we are to be vessels that can receive the Wine, we too shall prepare and improve ourselves.
In the same vein, businesses and organizations cannot be stuck in the status quo. Scholars and practitioners have extensively written – a truly sustainable business is entangled with the society and the planet. A business that merely exploits communities and the ecology will face the righteous anger of the oppressed and Mother Nature.
If businesses and organizations are to receive the New Wine, the old wineskins of ruthless efficiency and greedy profit maximization should be abandoned. It is not easy. It will require critical and creative thinking to do this. If Rizal has kept on mentioning that the youth is the hope of the motherland, it is on our generation to realize the hopes of our forefathers.
The challenge: we need to be a fresher kind of wineskin, ready to intake the New Wine, so that together, we can age just fine.