MY daily reflection and prayer:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Matthew 9:14-17
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. And no one puts a piece of unsprung cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wine skins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
LET’S focus on this word of Jesus, “… but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” What does it mean for the Christians? In my mind, it means that following and believing in Jesus Christ is to experience a whole new joy of relationship with him.
In and with Jesus Christ our lives are constantly reborn anew. We will always experience a joy ever new that we can share it to all. In the new hope and joy we will have an ample room for others, especially for and with the poor. We born anew in the spirit of the true sister-and-brotherhood with mankind and the universe.
Let’s put our lives into the new and fresh wineskin by celebrating his goodness and a time for seeking Jesus Christ with humility and for mourning over sin. In Jesus Christ we happily learn new things: new hope, new joy, and new life. The danger we face today is the problem of the “closed mind” that refuses to learn new things.
Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist is like a new wine skin for us to love Jesus Christ. He doesn’t want us to hold rigidly to the past and to be resistant to the new work of his Holy Spirit in our lives.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you want our minds and hearts to be like new wineskins, open and ready to receive the new wine of the Holy Spirit. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that we may grow in the knowledge of your great love and truth. May we always find new joy in knowing, loving, and serving you and others now and forever. Amen.
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