Thursday, September 03, 2015


FRIDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

September 4, 2015 FRIDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time  
Col 1:15–20 / Lk 5:33-39

Reading: Col 1:15–20
     He is the image of the unseen God, and for all creation he is the first-born, for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible: thrones, rulers, authorities, powers. . . All were 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 blood on the cross, God established peace, on earth as in heaven.

Gospel: Lk 5:33–39
     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 get new wine, but says: The old is good."

     Today's first reading from Paul's Letter to the Colossians is a beautiful hymn in praise of our Lord. Written before the Gospel of John, it is almost as majestic as the Prologue of John's Gospel.
     The Son is "the image of the unseen God": "the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God," we proclaim in the Nicene Creed.
     "In him all things were created": in John's Prologue, "All things were made through him and without him nothing came to be. Whatever has come to be, found life in him, life which for humans was also light."
     His life and mission of redemption are summarized: "through him God willed to reconcile all things to himself, and through him, through his blood shed on the cross, God establishes peace, on earth as in heaven."
     Paul adds, "And he is the head of the body, that is the Church." Though  John's Prologue does not mention the Church, John writes "but for all who have received him he empowers to become children of God for they believe in his Name. These are born, but without seed or carnal desire or will of man: they are born of God."
     Through the Church and baptism we have been "born of God," children of the heavenly Father and members of the Church of Christ.
Through the other Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, we are nourished and raised in the Church for eternal life with Christ and our Father in heaven.





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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