The Gospel Today
Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.
People came to Jesus and objected,
“Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them,
“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.
If he does, its fullness pulls away,
the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
Reflection (Sem. John Paul Adia):
How fortunate are we that our Lord is always there for us. He is our savior and most especially He is our God. But as I see what is being presented by our modern time, savior is represented by someone with super powers, strength or skills. They have beautiful and colorful costumes, raging voices that our young ones are sometimes imitating, and massively destructing weapons. Sadly, they conquer the life of our young. The media presented the delight of watching television and therefore lead these young people to the different faces of savior.
The olden times remind me of how they sanctify the day. The holy hour and novena were observed and the children were actively participating in any church activities. The time passes with some moment spent with God. The innocence of seeing God as the one to be followed and imitated was there. But the modern face drags them to the speed of convenience and makes them see that the most important thing in the world is self-satisfaction. They will be satisfied only when they eat instant food if not then their parents will count on supplements. They will learn more when they watch television even during holy hours. Their parents even see that the discipline depends only on words which sometimes are an obvious tolerance to the misdeeds of the child. But to me, their faith should be enriched. To me, it is still true that a child whose faith is nourished will grow as a better person.
The faith to our Savior is not just a mere occasion every Christmas. He is a Savior of all times. I see this as an invitation for me to see the privilege that God favored us humans to be saved through our Lord Jesus Christ. He even showed His simplicity and humility even on the mere event of His birth. Personally, this is a way to examine myself on how I live my life. Do I still keep the simplicity and humility in me? The fast paced time drags everyone to false reality of convenience but our God continues to call us to go back to Him and be saved from sins. To feast with His presence and turn away from pretentious actions – I need to be true to Him.