Daily Scripture – 1/21/19
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But 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 unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wine skins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wine skins.”( Mark 2:18-22)
The two analogies in today’s Gospel have to do with the elasticity of our minds — the stretching of our intellect — the ability to see something in a new way. New concepts can only be received in an inviting and flexible mind. The concept of NOT fasting while with Jesus because of who he is — the Messiah, the Savior, the Christ, the source of all joy, is new — it is the unshrunken piece of cloth and the new wine.
Today we are not be able to experience the joy of being in the actual, physical presence of Christ — a joy which superseded the requirement to fast. However, we DO have the opportunity to feel the joy of the risen Christ; but it requires us to make connections — to look for Jesus — to come to know him. It may require us to regenerate the elasticity of our own minds. To think anew. Has our image of Jesus and our relationship to him been frozen since our childhoods? Have the pious pictures on the holy cards of our youth locked us into a fixed model? Can we continue to grow closer to the risen Christ through music, through art, through scripture, by recognizing his spirit in each other, by following his commandment to love one another?
Are our minds open, as we age, to explore Christ anew? Or is it easier to remember the image of Christ taught to you when you were a child? If your faith life seems shallow, or if there is an emptiness when you pray, it may because you are not encountering Jesus in your life today. Just as every child in the same family has a different parent, so too with our faith. Our lives evolve and so does our understanding of and relationship with Jesus Christ. Each day he waits for us to meet him where we are at that moment. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Go to him as you are today – with your joys, your sorrows, your beauty and your warts. He knows. He cares. He waits to hear you because He loves you more than anyone could.
Where are you today?
Prayer of The Day
Thank you, Lord, for the new life you came to bring — your own divine life of grace inside me. To truly know you is to let my life experience you and to live that experience of love and joy. Help me to see that love. Help me to live that love.
Let each of us take a closer look at our relationship with Christ and to ask ourselves if it can be more intimate — if it can produce more joy for us in our lives. Is the risen bridegroom in our midst?