Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Anthony (251-+356)—Founder of Monasticism, Patron Saint of Gravediggers
1 Samuel 15:16-23, Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21-23, & Mark 2:18-22
Today's Gospel narrative opens with some coming to Jesus and asking Him why His disciples do not fast. Everyone knew that the Pharisees fasted, which included the disciples of John the Baptist. Our Lord decides to respond to their question by using the example of a wedding feast.
Jesus tells His listeners that as long as the bridegroom is at the reception, the guests will continue to celebrate this joyous occasion. The time to fast is when the bridegroom is no longer with them. He then uses an image of a torn cloak that needs patching. Jesus says to them that anyone with sense would not use new material to patch it. Then, He concludes with an image of wineskins, saying that one should never put new wine into previously used wineskins because the skins would burst.
Perhaps, Jesus invites us to do something new rather than merely continuing to live out our old, unhealthy ways. I suspect each of us has at least one "unhealthy" part in each of our lives we would like to change. Unfortunately, change is not easy. It is easy to make a New Year's resolution; however, it is more challenging to keep it, which is where we must turn our thoughts into prayerful motivation to make those changes. Our Lord Jesus is ready, willing, and able to assist us in our efforts to bring us closer to Him.
Question of the Day: What is one simple step you can take to change your life to follow more closely the teachings of Jesus?
Prayer: "The Word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Alleluia, alleluia."