Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 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.”
The new. The process of life
1) The Groom: There will be moments in your spiritual life that will be beautiful and that everything will great. Those moments when you pray and you feel like you connect with God faster than with internet ! Moments when you feel like going to mass and you fit in; you get the message …when you start praying the rosary and you want to keep going, etc. It is in these moments of great joy you grow spiritually. It is good to take advantage of it, to fill up your soul with graces. I recommend that you write down all those beautiful moments you experience in a notebook so that you will remember that there is a living God who appears in your life one way or another. Take notes on what you experience in mass, how Jesus speaks to you in prayer, and your communion with the Eucharist.
2) Fasting: I would like to give you another interpretation about fasting. I am referring to that moment when your enthusiasm fades; when that ability to enter into deep prayer almost instantly is no longer there . The moment when you do not even want to go to mass and when you are not happy that the priest takes 45 minutes for the homily. It is that dry moment you have to offer to God. Remember how it was before and live off those beautiful memories you experienced when you had Christ close to you. These memories encourage us when we experience this “spiritual desert” and give us strength to go on.
3) The new: Once you go through both previous experiences, it is time to discover something new.
After that dryness we experience, comes the moment when a new grace begins ; a grace that changes our outlook and the way we live. That is why you are invited to go through this process. Do not get stagnated spiritually. It is meant to be dynamic. You have to experience those times in the desert and also times of closeness; of plenty… the “good harvest”. At the end of the day it is about bringing new things into your life; accepting all those gifts from God which will make you happier.
God bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Heaven is our goal !