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Mark 2,18-22.

by Fr. Luis A. Zazano

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2,18-22.

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to Jesus and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, 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.”

The old and the new

1) The first point refers to fasting. It is the action of avoiding something that pleases you, in the sense of mortification. This sacrifice helps the soul grow so that you don’t continue selfish or vain ways. Many times, we believe we need certain things, when deep down we know they are not necessary. So, fasting helps us realize that we don’t need to hold onto things that are not of God. In this case, what the Gospel teaches us is that if you already have Jesus with you, it is not time for fasting, because the objective is achieved. The mortification of fasting aims to seek Jesus and to grow closer to Him. When the disciples had Jesus with them, they needed nothing else. Goal achieved! Now, have you achieved that goal? Do you already have Jesus with you? If you don’t, then perhaps it’s necessary to fast. Fasting does not refer solely to food; you have to learn to clear out your life of things that don’t lead you to be with God. You can fast from your cell phone, your computer or tablet, among other things. The aim of fasting is to control yourself and order your life so that you may be closer to Jesus.
2) The second point refers to the old and the new. Whoever meets Jesus and is with Jesus takes on a new life. There is a change… But that implies that you wipe the slate clean in your mind and heart; it implies initiating a change and a path. Don’t let the past take over you nor should you allow the past to prevent you from planning your future. Seek a new life with Jesus.
3) And finally, the balloon syndrome. There are people who suffer this syndrome in which, while having the possibility of flying high, of growing towards Heaven,(so to say), there is something that binds them to earth and to the past. Check what’s tying you down … what or who does not allow you to fly high. You are full of the Holy Spirit which lifts you up towards God… You are bigger than the ‘string’ that has you tied down, but yet there is still something or someone that keeps you down and doesn’t let you fly …or grow. Can you identify it? Do you suffer from this balloon syndrome? Let go… Fly high!
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

May God bless you and the name of the Father and of the son and of the holy spirit

Always remember heaven is our goal

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