Monday 15 January 2024

About Today Readings

1 Samuel 15:16–23. To the upright I will show the saving power of God – Psalm 49(50):8–9, 16–17, 21, 23. Mark 2:18–22.

New wine, fresh skins

Periodically, though perhaps not often enough, governments will ask their lawyers to identify laws that have no relevance to today’s world. These laws are likely to have been superseded by newer regulations and have just been forgotten, uselessly cluttering the statute books. For example, there’s the apocryphal story of taxis having to carry bales of hay in the boot because in previous centuries the early taxis were carriages pulled by horses. In today’s Gospel a number of people who no doubt think themselves clever are once again trying to trap Jesus over questions of law. Jesus’ answer is simple. There is a new law, one that supersedes all others. ‘Nobody puts new wine into old wineskins’, he says, for if they do, they will burst the skins, losing both the wine and the container. We pray for the courage to follow the new law of Jesus.

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