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Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Heavenly Father, thank you for not only knowing and caring about our struggles and difficulties but sending us help in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. By one we know your love and mercy and by the other we know your might and supremacy. May your Spirit of compassion be found in our relationships. Through the grace of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Psalm 103:13: As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
  Today's Readings ... (September 02, 2011)
Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Colossians 1:15-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100:1b-2,3,4,5
Gospel: Luke 5:33-39

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  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 5:33-39)
Jesus used an image well-known to his audience – new & old wineskins. Jesus goes on to caution his disciples about the difficulty of the "closed mind" that refuses to study new things. In Jesus' times, wine was collected in wineskins, not bottles. Fresh wine poured into skins was still fermenting. The gases exerted gave weight. New wine skins were elastic sufficient to take the pressure, but old wine skins simply burst because they were stiff. What did Jesus mean by this assessment? Are we to refuse the old one in place of the new one? Presently as there is a right place and a correct time for fasting and for feasting, so there is a correct place for the old as well as the new. Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is similar to a householder who brings out of his wealth what is new and what is old. How impecunious we would be if we only could have the Old Testament or the New Testament, rather than both Testament. The Lord gives us wisdom as a result we can make the best use of both the elderly and the new. He doesn't want us to hold strictly to the past and to be opposed to to the new work of his Holy Spirit in our lives. He wants our minds and hearts to be similar to the new wine skins – open and prepared to get the new wine of the Holy Spirit. Are we keen to grow in the knowledge and understanding of God's word and plan for our life?

Twenty-Second Sunday-Ordinary Time


Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the church


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