The Gospel Today
Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Luke 5: 33-39
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. Jonathan Cigaral):
“The old is good.”
There are certain occasions in my life that I get so much accustomed into doing something, When this happens, I tend not to try new ones for the old ways become part of my comfort zones. I shut my doors in doing new things because of my apprehensions of being detached from the old ways that I have been used to.
I am an early bird. Waking up early is a way of life for me. For the first two years of my life here in the seminary, I have always been early in the chapel, earlier than everyone else in the community. The reason behind is so that I can dispose myself properly into prayer. I find it so peaceful when I am seated in front of the Blessed Sacrament when it is still dark and the only light that I can see is that from the tabernacle. It is my personal time with the Lord. But this solitary moment did not last long. Change came along the way. Although I expect the change to happen but I did not anticipate that it will change a lot. I have been appointed as Liturgy Coordinator of our community. At first I am so anxious with the new role because it is very demanding. It requires me to always ensure an error-free liturgy celebration. I always need to be on top of everything. Doing things are exhausting. There is always fear inside of me that something might go wrong while the celebration is on-going. I am frantic. Sadly, this new role somehow hampered my prayer disposition.
The Gospel for today is inviting me to look at the change in my routine from a different angle. Jesus is telling me not to reject the new wine that He is offering me. The new role which is entrusted to me brings not difficulties but opportunities to learn new things which are very useful in my future ministry. Moreover, it gives me the chance to be of service to my community. It may have taken some of my time in prayers but it has created new windows for me to serve my fellow brothers and sisters even more through Liturgy. Besides, I can always work while I pray, and pray while I work.
Sometimes, too much satisfaction with the old forms can prevent one from sampling the new. Jesus Christ is offering us a new wine, a new life. Let us not be afraid to drink the new wine, to embrace the new life that He is offering us.