Saturday 4 July 2020

About Today Readings

St Elizabeth of Portugal

Amos 9:11-15. The Lord speaks of peace to his people – Psalm 84(85):9, 11-14. Matthew 9:14-17.

‘When the bridegroom is taken from them, then they will fast’

To the Jewish people the significance of fasting was greatly valued as a way to humble oneself before God, to seek atonement for sins or to commemorate holy events.

An ancient discipline that had always been practised, ultimately it was through fasting that people believed they would step ever closer to the kingdom of God.

Jesus is offering something new. A way of living and celebrating (like the love of a couple at a wedding feast) that is deeper, joyful and more intimate, that will sustain us even when he has gone. Forgiveness and love! It is not to say that we don’t value what has gone before but rather that we renew these teachings, that we are open and ready to receive the ‘new wine’ of the Spirit and to action this in our lives and relationships.

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