New wine, fresh skins

Catholic Gospels - Homilies, Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit  New wine, fresh skins Catholic Gospels - Homilies - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit

Year B  -  8th Sunday in ordinary time

New wine, fresh skins

New wine, fresh skins Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Mark 2:18-22

18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
19 Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
21 "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.
22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins." (NRSV)

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

8th Sunday in ordinary time - New wine, fresh skins Fasting has been a very powerful way to prepare the soul to meet the spirit. In fact I taught my apostles that some kind of evil spirits would only come out by prayer and fasting.

But fasting does not impress God if it is done publicly or if it is not accompanied by good works. Through the prophet Isaiah (58:3-7) fasting was shown to be ineffective for not being done with the proper intention. No one can expect to be heard on high simply by fasting, in fact nothing attracts my attention unless it is done with love.

I will not listen to anyone simply because they empty their stomachs, I prefer to listen to those who come to me humbly with a repentant heart and a loving disposition towards their neighbor.

My apostles did not need to fast because they were with me and I was preparing them for greater sufferings than fasting. Instead of fasting they were being purified by my words which teach you everything you need to know.

I said to them on different occasions that what I desire is mercy, not sacrifice (Mat 9:13, Mat 12:7)

However fasting is very good to obtain mastery over passions, until you can learn to fast with your eyes and with all your senses.

My teachings found a lot of opposition from the teachers of religion of the time, they could not assimilate my words because they were stuck in their old erroneous ways. They ended doing all those ritualistic things to impress each other, not God. I came to renew the world, to prepare new skins for the new wine of the kingdom of heaven.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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