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THE QUESTION ABOUT FASTING

21 Jan

Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 2:18-22 – 2nd WEEK OF THE YEAR: Monday, 21 January 2019

We grasp the distinction between Testaments in the difference between John and Jesus. John’s disciples fasted and did penance to reach out to God. In Jesus, God reaches out into our hearts and lives.

The Lord describes this as fresh, new wine. Just as the pressure from the fermentation of new grapes would explode old wineskins, so the new incarnated presence of Jesus would burst out of the old Jewish institutions from which it began.

This new wine means that everything now is built on Christ. He is the Temple, the Bread of Life, the Living Water, the Light of the World, the Passover. Jesus’ presence renders all things holy. Secondly, Christ’s work of reconciliation is dynamic. The work of drawing mankind back to God continues to expand through our lives as Christians.

Because of Jesus, we are now as far from God as we choose to be.

Jakarta, 21 January 2019

A Christian Pilgrim

 
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