The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.
No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth,
for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
The Gospel today shows that fasting should be done at the right time for the right reasons. When we walk away from Him and betray Him, then we have to fast and be contrite. We have to be sorry and change our old self. The time to be sad comes when we separate ourselves from Jesus; while being with Jesus is a moment of joy.
I remember my summer apostolate. The exposure to our Bishop is a humbling experience for me because I have accompanied him during Holy week. I remember how he dedicates himself in prayer and thestrict observance of fasting. In addition, I was able to meet other religious congregation who became my prayer companion during my stay in the Archbishop Palace. I was able to learn from them some spiritual exercises that would help me to strengthen my vocation and would allow the Spirit to move and work in my life to be more loving, more patient and more faithful.
My encounter with my Bishop gave me a deeper realization that Christ continues to give opportunities and send instruments that would allow me to see and experience His love for me. Like in the Gospel today, my encounter with my Bishop became an avenue to see how Jesus brings blessings of healing, peace, joy and how being with him experience happiness.
Lastly, my encounter with my Bishop enlightened me that there were many other ways to put into action the specific messages and wisdom that we have been given in our simple and extraordinary conversations with God.