Friday, September 7, 2018

Sadly - People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. - Fyodor Dostoevsky: (1821 – 1881) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, & essayist)

Gospel Text: (LK 5:33-39)
The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
"The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink."
Jesus answered them, "Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days."
And he also told them a parable.
"No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, 'The old is good.'"

Was Jesus really telling us that if we let our hearts grow old and hard we will be no longer willing or able as Christians to face new, difficult problems and issues?  Are new “wineskins” critical so that we can continue to accept the love of Christ?  It could be. 

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