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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on January 9, 2012

Gospel reading of the day:

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.”

Reflection on the gospel: We have lived through times where people have sought reassurance in old answers to the enduring questions and sometimes have made idols of culturally-conditioned answers that arose in another age to address situations in another age. There are many examples across a wide spectrum of concerns, such as systematic theology, ethics, and scripture study, but let’s just attend to an intimate experience for all of us in the Catholic tradition, how we worship as a community. The Tridentine Mass, the Mass universal in Roman Catholicism until the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, was a 16th century convention that unified breathtakingly diverse Catholic liturgical practices that varied from province to province and even town to town in the Middle Ages. The need for the unity that Mass of Trent imposed reflected the Church’s response to the Reformation, and the capacity of the printing press to disseminate a standard set of practices made such unity possible. Scholarship has revealed that that Mass bore only the outline of the Eucharist that the early Church celebrated, and it certainly was not the Eucharistic practice Jesus “modeled” for the disciples. Jesus’ own experience, and the experience of Christians across the centuries, was the adaptability of the Gospel to the cultural conditions prevalent in different communities at different times. This is what the Lord meant by pouring wine into new wine skins. We are not to make idols of outward forms, such as a particular liturgical practice. We live in news times with immense new scholarship and new philosophical understandings. The message cannot stand still. We ever must explore how to make the enduring gospel relevant to the age in which we live, comprehensible in the language of the day, and alive in the ears of our hearers.

Saint of the day: On January 9, we commemorate the anniversary of the martyrdom of Polish priest, Joszef Pawlowski , victim of terror in Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, beatified in June 1999, together with 107 companions, including a fellow priest. Joszef Pawlowski, was born in Proszowice, around Swietokrzyskie Poland, August 12, 1890 and was a priest from the Diocese of Kielce and rector of the seminary. He was arrested on February 1941 by the Gestapo, deported to the camp at Dachau, where he was hanged the following January 9.

Spiritual reading: Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed. (Jean Vanier)

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