Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

September 6, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Colossians 1:15-20

Psalm 100:16-2, 3, 4, and 5

Luke 5:33-39

When I prepare a couple for marriage one of the first questions I ask is, “What comes first – the ceremony or the celebration?”   Of course, the answer to this important question is “the ceremony.”  Marriage, one of the Seven Sacraments, along with Holy Orders is a Sacrament of Service.

This brings us to today’s Gospel.  The question of which comes first, fasting or feasting?  The disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees were upset with Jesus’ disciples because they did not fast.    Fasting was one of the three most important religious duties, then and now, along with prayer and almsgiving.  Jesus gives a simple explanation – there is a time for fasting and time for feasting (or celebration.)

For all of us, as the new disciples of Jesus, there is time for both rejoicing in the Lord’s presence and celebrating His great gifts with us with a humble heart, as well as fasting and reconciliation for our sins.  This is the joy we share together as Catholic Christians; that is celebrating the joy of Jesus in our hearts in where we go and whatever we do. 

Today Jesus teaches us to have an open mind to new things as He uses the example of the new and old wineskins.  The last two sentences of the Gospel are striking in how they seem to go off in an entirely new direction, almost contradicting what had gone before; if the old wine is better, if so, why do we bother with new wine?  Why not stay with the tried and true.

The answer is simple.  The old wineskins have served their purpose and have weakened with age.  The old wine has reached its end.  We live in an age of change like we have never seen before.  We are accustomed to changing, growing and leaving good things behind.  Fasting, prayer and almsgiving is an essential to our Catholic identity.  The really great thing that we do is the celebrating.  That celebrating is with the gift of the Body of Christ as we are called to holy sainthood.

Question of the Day:  Are you drinking from the old wineskin or the new?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, fill me with your Spirit.  Grant that I may be Your obedient instrument at every moment of my life.



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