Saturday 6 July 2019
Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29. Psalm 134(135):1-6. Matthew 9:14-17.
Praise the Lord for he is good – Psalm 134(135):1-6
‘New wine is put into fresh wineskins.’
The gospel today has a deep meaning. John’s disciples are questioning Jesus for his attitude to fasting. They are presuming the customs of the Old Law are to be practised still, and they seem reluctant to change. How often do we hear: ‘We have always done it this way!’
Then Jesus talks about the new wine being put into new wineskins and shows the fallacy of putting the new wine into the old skins and losing it all. Jesus’ message is the new wine, and that needs a new approach. This is a lesson for us today.
Lord Jesus, give us ears to listen to the Spirit at work in the church and in the world. Make us desire the gift of the discernment of spirits, that we may make good decisions. Send us out, prepared to meet the new future you are opening up before us.