Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Updated: Sep 7, 2021
Memorial Feast: Pope Saint Gregory the Great—Doctor of the Church, (c.540-+604), Patron Saint of Musicians, Singers, Students, and Teachers
Colossians 1:15-20, Psalm 100:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Luke 5:33-39
"The world will never be the same again!"
I suspect that we could say that about many events in the world's history, such as the World Wars, the accident at Chernobyl, especially as we approach the twentieth anniversary, September 11th. We can also think of new eras for the better, such as the ending of Apartheid in South Africa or the discovery of penicillin.
When our Lord came into the world, it was the most significant new era the world would ever know. This new era requires new wineskins because the old wineskins could not contain the new wine of Jesus.
Two thousand years ago, wine was not stored in bottles but skins, and the new wine, still fermenting, was poured into fresh skins. The gases emitted during the fermentation process put pressure on the skins, and because the skins were new, they would quickly expand under the pressure. Old wineskins would become hard and stiff, causing them to burst under the buildup of gas when they were filled with new wine. Consequently, all new wines had to be placed in new wineskins.
The Old Testament and Old Covenant gave way to the New Testament and New Covenant. The Promised Land is not here on earth. The Promised Land is in heaven. The journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land of Canaan is now the journey from our sin to the Promised Land of Heaven.
In today's Gospel narrative, we know Jesus has begun a new era, and it was not the time for His disciples to fast—that time would come later.
The new era of Jesus and the new wine of Jesus affects all of creation, and the world will never be the same again. The new wine of Jesus is to ferment in us and expand our wineskins to a new vision every day of our lives. That vision is the Good News brought to us by our Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Question of the Day: How will you live in the "new era" that Jesus presents to us as the pathway to heaven?
Prayer: "I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life."