Ord. Wk 13th: Saturday,  Saturday, 7th July,2018  (Mt 9:14-17)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Compatibility - Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains to John the Baptist’s disciples that when the Son of God is present like when the Bridegroom is with them, all would rejoice.  Likewise, “Do we live Jesus’ Gospel as a joyful privilege, in spite of the challenges?  Or, do we find living the Gospel, a burden? 

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

John's disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ 

Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom's attendants cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one puts a piece of unshrunken cloth onto an old cloak, because the patch pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, the wine runs out, and the skins are lost. No; they put new wine in fresh skins and both are preserved.’ 

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Jesus explains that there is a time for fasting and a time for feasting. To be His disciple is to experience a whole new joy of relationship akin to the blissful joy of a couple at their wedding feast. 

  • But, the Lord’s disciples had their share of pains and sufferings as well. We too will need to seek   His forgiveness by fasting and repenting for our sins. 

  • Do you feel joyful in the Lord’s presence and express sorrow and contrition for your sins?  Consider how blessed we are that Jesus has called us to know, love, and serve Him as His disciples!