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Luke 5:33-39

Then the Pharisees and the scribes said to Jesus, "John's disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink. Jesus said to them, "You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days." He also told them a parable: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, 'The old is good.'"

Luke 5:33-39
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    • The disciples did what people often do: they made comparisons. Jesus invites them not to look out but to look in and to notice their own attitudes. He does not want them – or us – to be a patchwork of mismatched patterns and practices. He invites us to be made anew, to let go of anything that might hold us back or impair our ability to receive the good news.
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    • Each dawn announces the birth of a new day. A day of gift, a day for sharing bread, a day to receive the bread of life from the Lord. All is made new by God who meets us where we are. God shares in the good things that happen us. From him comes everything that is good in life.
    • Jesus is always with us, if only we can see. ‘Day by day, day by day, O dear Lord, three things I pray: To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day’ (Godspell).
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    • Fasting has its place, but not during a wedding celebration. The religion of the Pharisees and Scribes was anxiety ridden, full of doom and gloom. Jesus invites his hearers to celebrate the joy of what God is doing for humankind. Shrivelled wineskins can never hold the abundance of this joy-filled message.
    • Lord, our Church is sorely in need of new wineskins. Grant me an elasticity of heart and mind, so that I can be ever open to the freshness and power of your word. Today, as I ponder what you say to me, may I cry out with joy to you and serve you with gladness
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    • The Pharisees saw different ways of living and made comparisons; Jesus simply sought life.
    • Jesus saw the ordinary things of the world – torn clothes, spilt wine - and recognised how God is at work in us. How might I look more closely at the bits and pieces of my everyday?
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    • Jesus did not want to cut his disciples off from the world. He did not want them to dissociate themselves from the people and form closed communities with a strict moral code. He sent his disciples out into the world. Peter and the other apostles took their wives with them when they went to preach the Gospel
    • Jesus has come to bring something radically new to the people he met. He would offer a new understanding of their religion. He would refer back to times past, but move onto the future, even though it meant parting company with the Baptist and his disciples. Many of his words and actions were to bring something new into the lives of his people. Prayer is opening ourselves to the love and the challenge of the gospel of Jesus which is new every day.
    • ‘Live in the present’ seems to be the message of Jesus here. Celebrate the presence of the Lord - one day we will mark his absence. He seems to be against the gloomy face of religion. Our faith gives us so much to be grateful for - maybe in prayer you might mention what are the gifts helps to life your faith gives you. We fast only to appreciate these gifts more. Even our fasting is to be cheerful.