The Gospel Today
Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink.”
Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days.”
And he also told them a parable.
“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, ‘The old is good.’”
Reflection (Sem. Edgar Calma):
In the Gospel, Christ is inviting us to have the capacity to be flexible, the ability and capability to adjust to situations as the need arises. This kind of attitude is a mind-set that we should learn and seriously take into consideration as we view and see things happening around us. For us to understand this better, Christ uses a parable to elaborate his point that no one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it, will not match the old cloak. This is such a practical way of looking at things, an approach that we should always consider as we do something in our day-to-day activities… learning how to match and tie up things depending on the appropriate measure or standard. The disposition to be ready to adopt and adjust, let go and let grow and see things with new perspective.
In the context of our Christian living, this is something that we should really reflect upon especially when it comes to our daily choices in life. Most of us have been raised in situations where we follow and observe a lot of tradition, cultures, beliefs which were handed down to us from our parents and grandparents. However, sometimes it is just unfortunate the we are blindly following these beliefs as basis in our daily choices in life without really understanding the reasons and context why we are observing them. I believe the Gospel is really inviting us to reflect on these beliefs and customs that we have and practice in life and really see their connection and value in the light of the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is very important that our choices and decisions that we make in our life are based on the teachings, principles and values that we have seen in the life of Christ. This will help us identify whether we need to adjust, adopt, modify and strengthen certain belief as we live our daily life more attuned to Christ.