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July 7, 2018

Mt 9:14-17

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.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Openness to change

Most of us don’t like change, as the phrase “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t” exemplifies.  It can be easier to stick with our old ways of thinking and acting than to do the hard work of opening ourselves up to change.  But in today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds his disciples that trying to continue in our old ways despite new knowledge or experiences won’t do us any good.  

New input can come in many forms.  Perhaps we read the news and come to a different understanding of social or political issues than we had before.  Maybe we try to interact with that difficult family member or colleague from the perspective of love and patience instead of anger or annoyance.  Or perhaps we read a familiar Scripture passage with new eyes, allowing God to offer us a new message through the familiar words.

How can you open your heart to a new experience or way of thinking today?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, just as a wineskin needs to stretch to accommodate new wine that is poured into it, open our hearts and minds to stretch to allow for new experiences.  Help us to move past our preconceived notions to be open to your invitation in our lives. May we grow in our relationship with you and with our world. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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July 7, 2018

Mt 9:14-17

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.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Openness to change

Most of us don’t like change, as the phrase “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t” exemplifies.  It can be easier to stick with our old ways of thinking and acting than to do the hard work of opening ourselves up to change.  But in today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds his disciples that trying to continue in our old ways despite new knowledge or experiences won’t do us any good.  

New input can come in many forms.  Perhaps we read the news and come to a different understanding of social or political issues than we had before.  Maybe we try to interact with that difficult family member or colleague from the perspective of love and patience instead of anger or annoyance.  Or perhaps we read a familiar Scripture passage with new eyes, allowing God to offer us a new message through the familiar words.

How can you open your heart to a new experience or way of thinking today?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, just as a wineskin needs to stretch to accommodate new wine that is poured into it, open our hearts and minds to stretch to allow for new experiences.  Help us to move past our preconceived notions to be open to your invitation in our lives. May we grow in our relationship with you and with our world. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

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