Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Call

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?"  Jesus answered 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.  No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.  People do not put new wine into old wineskins.  Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.  Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved." Matthew 9: 14 - 17

I have always found this passage to be one that reminds me that we are constantly being changed by Jesus.  We are changed through the Sacraments, prayer and our daily encounters with others.  Jesus helps us to shape our hearts and minds and to become who we are meant to be. Life is a journey with many twists and turns.  This passages reminds us that we never walk alone – Jesus is always with us to guide and help us.  As the song says, “We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly, we are called to love one another and walk humbly with God.”

Pat Schifini, OSU

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