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Matthew 9:14-17

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Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved."

Matthew 9:14-17
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    • John’s disciples were following the rules; their hearts seemed not to have learnt what Jesus knew. It is easy for religious people to fall into observance of externals and to forget that God calls us to wholeness, to integrity. I ask God to look at my life and to help me not to patch things up but to be ready to be made anew.
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    • John’s disciples, like the older brother of the Prodigal Son, have a grievance, and Jesus’ answer sparkles in an unexpected way: /I am the bridegroom, and the party will not last for ever./ He picks up a hint of self-righteousness in their question, but he does not linger on it, just uses a metaphor. They went off wondering, as I wonder sometimes: Am I an old wineskin? Lord, renew me, fill me with your new wine.