Posted by: livingscripture | January 19, 2009

January 19 Second Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


How can the guests at a wedding fast as long as the groom is still among them?  So long as the groom stays with them, they cannot fast…No one pours new wine into old wineskins.  If he does so, the wine will burst the skins and both wine and skins will be lost.  No, new wine is poured into new skins.      (Mark 2, 19-20/22)


How should we live this Word


The joy of Christian newness is tied to a reality that must be ever more deeply understood; the union of the heart, of life with Jesus, the Spouse.  John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting.  They were preoccupied about things to add to life as though these were the things to bring God honor and give fullness to life.  Instead, in Jesus it is His very life  that becomes a pure sacrifice offered to the Father.  Today’s Letter to the Hebrews tells us ‘In the days he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to God’.  Jesus’ life was not easy.  However, He did not hesitate to offer what He experienced and suffered  day after day and especially in His passion.  He did so without adding rituals but rather on the strength of His prayer within His own life drama, transfigured by His handing over all to the Father out of love.


The novelty is the new nuptial wine that must necessarily be put into new wineskins, that is, in structures and ways that are forever renewed.  It is not so much the ‘doing’ as an authentic ‘being’, offered and handed over to God with all one’s love together with Jesus, the Spouse of our life.  This is what counts and renews our heart and the world in which we live.


Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will rest my heart in Jesus’ presence.  In whatever vocation I am, I will recognize the intimate Spouse of my deep life.  I will ask that the joys and fatigues of this day be offered, even cried out, with Him to the Father, in total newness of faith and abandonment.  I will pray with humble trust:


Lord, I entrust myself to You, to Your hands.


The voice of Benedetto Calati, Monk                  


Dialogue ever more efficaciously with other Christian confessions.  Learn to grasp the opportunity and the fruitful grace that come from the new realities of evangelization.  What is needed is an authentic humility to see the dynamic of the Incarnation with ever new eyes.

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