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Doctrines & Morals

No one puts old wine into new wine skin

1 Cor. 4:1-5, Lk. 5:33-39. The standards by which we look at ourselves are different from those which the world uses to judge us. Habitual critics never approve what others do, but always find fault. When he heard himself despised by some of the Corinthians, Paul says: “It matters little to me whether you or any human court pass judgment on me. The Lord is the one to judge me.” In today's first reading, Paul addresses the people of Corinth and tells them that he does not care what others think of him. All that matters to him is that God is his judge. Instead of seeing the good being done by the followers of Jesus, His critics complain that they should be showing more signs of fasting and praying.

The Pharisees could not recognise the mysterious divine power in the words and actions of Jesus. They wanted to keep religion under strict control and were not open to the God. Trying to put the Gospel message into a new rulebook would be like patching a new garment with old material, or pouring new wine into old wineskins. What Jesus brought was something living and new. To receive it, we must be willing to be surprised by grace. Jesus described his project as ‘new wine’ which always needs new wineskins. This prompts us to welcome His presence in new ways. He brings an energy to us that calls for new ways of being expressed. He is always prompting us to take some new steps, to do things differently and better.

May the Lord help us to be open to the promptings of the Spirit! Amen!! Remain safe, have a great day!!!

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