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Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Matthew 24:35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Prayer ...
Eternal God and loving Father, give us wisdom to discern what is truly lasting and invest our life in them. We want our life built on things that will never suffer decay. Thank you for sending Jesus to teach us truth that will last. We want to be obedient to his words and his life. Bless us in ways that help us live a life that is true. In the name of Infant Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (July 06, 2013)
Day: Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
First Reading: Gn 27:1-5, 15-29
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 135:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 9:14-17
Lectionary: 382
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Matthew 9:14-17
14Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 And no one puts a piece of unsprung cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, 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."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
In Jesus’ times, wine was kept in wineskins, not bottles. New wine poured into skins was still fermenting. The gases exerted gave pressure. New wine skins were stretchy enough to take the pressure, but old wine skins easily burst since they were hard. What did Jesus mean by in this assessment? Are we to reject the old in place of the new? Just as there is a right place and a correct time for fasting and for feasting, so there is a right place for the old as well as the new. Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his money what is new and what is old. How poor we would be if we only had the Old Testament or the New Testament, rather than both. The Lord gives us understanding so we can make the best use of both the old and the new. He doesn't want us to hold strictly to the past and to be resistant to the new work of his Holy Spirit in our lives. He wants our minds and hearts to be similar to new wine skins open and ready to receive the new wine of the Holy Spirit. Are we keen to grow in the knowledge and understanding of God’s word and plan for your life?


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