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Mark 2:18-22

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Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to Jesus, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins."

Mark 2:18-22
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    • New wine; fresh wineskins! This is what Pope John XXIII called for in 1962 as he opened the Second Vatican Council. He seemed to shed his years and became a youthful prophet launching the Church on a great adventure of the Spirit. He said: “What is needed now is a new enthusiasm, a new joy.’
    • Dear Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. You are faithful to your dying promise to remain with us who gather in your name. You enable us to carry one another, especially those who are heavy!
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    • A wedding feast lasted an entire week in Palestine. The privilege for the closest friends of the bride and groom was to remain for the week in their company. Joy is the hallmark of the friends of the bride and groom. Do I find joy in knowing and being close to you, Lord?
    • ‘New wine, new wineskins.’ Lord, you caution me from having a closed mind. You challenge me not to cling to old ways, and to be receptive to the new. Grant me openness of heart and mind. Let me trust in the depths of your creative Spirit who is making all things new.
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    • The life of religious people is always open to scrutiny and examination from outside. I pray that my way of living communicates gospel values. I take care not to come to uncharitable judgments about the way others live.
    • God calls me to growth and new life. I pray that I may receive all the goodness God has to offer me, being made anew in the image of God.
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    • The life of religious people is always open to scrutiny and examination from outside. I pray that my way of living communicates gospel values. I take care not to come to uncharitable judgments about the way others live.
    • God calls me to growth and new life. I pray that I may receive all the goodness God has to offer me, being made anew in the image of God.