From the Word of the Day
No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins. (Mark 2: 22)
What is the meaning of putting new wine into new wineskins? The evangelist is aware of the danger that even Jesus’ teachings will be transformed into rules, which people must observe, into rules that do not correspond to what people live. All this is to be changed. The greatness of the Gospel is that it has always been considered a living text. To be a Christian does not mean respecting a regulation, but encountering the person of Christ.
However, we often let ourselves be caged by formulas, by repeated words that do not find an echo in our souls. We continue to repeat without any creativity. Perhaps, we have a creative bent, but we are afraid of it because we do not know where it may lead us. Thus, we pour all that is new that comes from the Spirit, from Pope Francis, from our friends the saints, and from courageous people who put themselves into play for the Gospel, into old structures, into forms that are gray and flat from habit.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask our Lord to give me a new heart, open to His grace.
Jesus, open my heart and mind to Your new wine!
The Voice of Madeleine Delbrel
Live as Jesus Christ has told us to live; do what Jesus Christ has told us to do, and live it and do it in our times.