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Mark 2: 18-22

One day when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came and said to Jesus,
‘Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?‘

Jesus replied,
‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they could not think of fasting. But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then, on that day, they will fast.

No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; if he does, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! New wine, fresh skins!

Thought for the Day

In today's gospel we hear talk of fasting and not fasting and new wineskins for new wine. It can seem confusing. Jesus is talking about himself. he has come with a new message and a new way of being and living. None of this will fit into the old ways, so 'new wineskins for new wine.' Life always bring change but the change that Jesus would introduce was radical. People could no longer rely on practising religion and following the rules. A response from the heart is what is now required and that's a lot more demanding.

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