Archive for January 18, 2021

Jesus sacrificed Himself for love of us so that we can have new life in Him. And as we entered into the new liturgical year at Advent we reflected on how we should stay awake to prepare more fully to receive Him into our hearts at Christmas and to stand ready to greet Him when comes again. Now 18 days into the new year have we gone back to our old bad habits? Our old way of life? Of old routines that brought us neither spiritual growth or deepening of our relationship with Christ our Lord and one another?

New wine, fresh skins!’ we must strive to live new life in the Spirit and to continue our journey walking in His light, always docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We must listen attentively to the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ who speaks to us daily through His Word. And living His Word through Communion with Him and with one another, we will walk together in His presence. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Hebrews 5:1-10 ·
Although he was Son, he learned to obey through suffering

Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.

Mark 2:18-22
‘Why do your disciples not fast?’

One day when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they could not think of fasting. But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then, on that day, they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; if he does, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! New wine, fresh skins!’