Daily Gospel Reflection – Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Daily Gospel Reflection – Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Bishop Robert Barron
July 8,2023 
Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Gospel: Mt 9:14-17

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." 
*United States Conference of Catholic 

Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the parable of new wine and old and new wineskins. 

The new wine is the Good News, the Incarnation, the reconciliation of the divine and the human. But this powerful elixir cannot be contained in the receptacles of the old consciousness. As long as the ego reigns in the soul, the new wine will prove too strange, too foreign, too threatening—and it will be accordingly rejected. 

Before the heady wine of the Gospel can be assimilated, there must be a scouring out of the spirit, a transformation of awareness and attitude, a metanoia. We should examine the stories of Jesus’ confrontations with the demons from this perspective. The demon within us realizes that he is the old wine skin that will be shredded by the inpouring of the new wine, and he consequently reacts in horror. 

It is a helpful spiritual exercise to isolate those passages from the New Testament, those sayings and actions of Jesus, which make us most uncomfortable, since they will most effectively indicate how our souls have to be transfigured. They, much more than the passages we instinctively love, will show the path that metanoia must follow.

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