Then they said to him, “John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink. Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”
He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, ‘The old is good.’”
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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
The disciples of Jesus are not gloomy, downcast individuals. They eat and drink, and are happy to have Jesus in their midst. It’s no wonder that they did not fast regularly. The bridegroom was with them.
And the bridegroom remains with us today. How fortunate we are to encounter him in others, especially the hungry, the homeless, the imprisoned, the marginalized. He is here! Do I realize that in reaching out to my brother or sister in need, I am reaching out to him? “What you do for the least of my brothers or sisters, you do for me.”
Does the Lord’s continued presence in others bring me joy? Do I smile frequently? Do others sense my deep joy? Do I take delight in the service of others? Let us not be gloomy-faced disciples!
—Fr. Don Petkash, S.J. is Vice-President for Mission and Identity and superior of the Jesuit community at Walsh Jesuit High School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
Lord, you did not hesitate to be present to the outcasts. You ate and drank with known sinners. You touched and healed the disfigured. You brought joy to all who were open to you. Help me recognize you in others so that, seeing you in them, I may better share my joy with them. Let my service to others be full of good cheer.
—Fr. Don Petkash, S.J.Please share the Good Word with your friends!