September 6, 2013
Friday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time – Year I
Col 1:15-20 / Ps 100: 1b-2. 3. 4. 5 / Lk 5:33-39
He is the image of the unseen God, and for all creation he is the firstborn, for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible: thrones, rulers, authorities, powers… All was made through him and for him. He is before all and all things hold together in him. And he is the head of the body, that is the Church, for he is the first, the first raised from the dead that he may be the first in everything, for God was pleased to let fullness dwell in him. Through him God willed to reconcile all things to himself, and through him, through his bloodshed on the cross, God establishes peace, on earth as in heaven.
Some people asked him, "The disciples of John fast often and say long prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why is it that your disciples eat and drink?" Then Jesus said to them, "You can't make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them. But later the bridegroom will be taken from them, and they will fast in those days." Jesus also told them this parable: "No one tears a piece from a new coat to put it on an old one; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece taken from the new will not match the old. No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed as well. But new wine must be put into fresh skins. Yet no one who has tasted old wine is eager to drink new wine, but says, 'The old is good.'"
Jesus paints himself as the bridegroom in his response to the question propounded in this gospel passage. While the bridegroom is present, the wedding guests do not need to fast. When one is with Christ, the bridegroom, there is no need for anything else but what pleases the bridegroom. He requires no sacrifice. It is only when the wedding guests are separated from the bridegroom, when the bridegroom will be taken from them, will they need to fast and sacrifice. We can be separated from Christ by sin. In those occasions, we need to do all things within our power, including fasting and sacrifice, to remove the things which separate us from Christ, so that we may again be like wedding guests in the presence of the bridegroom.
Jesus was teaching things about God which the people of his time found to be different from the things they were previously taught. The Mosaic law taught that God is a stern judge of the acts of man. Countless rules and practices were taught as part of worship of God. Matters of personal hygiene, like washing the hands before eating, prohibitions against eating fish without scales, and similar mundane matters, became part of religious rituals and obligations. The teaching of Jesus, therefore, was like a "new coat." To tear a part of it would just damage the new coat but would not match the old one. It is like new wine that would burst an old skin. But those who have learned and gotten used to the old teachings would say, "the old is good" and went to the extent of crucifying him who taught the real things about God.
Lord Jesus, give us the grace to walk with you always, and remove the things which may separate us from you.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
Denise, Debbie (AZ), Benny, Herb, Nick (MD, Ed, Bob M, & Randy Joy Droke
… for the personal intentions of Beny Chua Pauline
Ben, Nancy, Netta, Rita, Mary Ann M, Mrs D & Fr Larry Isdore Veronica Yap
…In Thanksgiving: Marcelino Billanes
… In Memoriam (+): Bernardo Santiago Jr.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
Birthday: Lily N. Sim
Wedding Anniversary: Luisa & Carlos Cheng
Thanksgiving: North Park (Since 1994)
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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