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God's new ways

Thứ ba - 17/01/2017 04:31
This old form of religion had to go and needed to be replaced with the worship of God that comes from the heart.
This old form of religion had to go and needed to be replaced with the worship of God that comes from the heart.
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
Weddings are wonderful occasions because, at their best, they embody joy and delight; they point to the lavish giver, the goodness and love of our heavenly Father. The prophets of old used the examples of grooms and brides as they talked about the relationship between God and the people. "As a bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall God rejoice over you," Isaiah says as he looks to the day when God would renew the covenant with His people. The people who heard Jesus Christ speak of the presence of the bridegroom would have remembered Isaiah and the other prophets. They would have understood what Jesus was. He is the promised bridegroom, the one who will renew God's covenant with His people.
In today's Gospel of Mark: Jesus spoke out against a form of fasting which had become nothing more than an external act to devoid of any real devotion to God. Jesus insisted that this old form of religion had to go, to be replaced with a worship of God which came from the heart. This is confirmed later in the Gospel when Jesus said. "no one pours new wine into old wineskins, the wine will burst. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins." In the Gospel Acclamation we pray these words: The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
Points to Pray and Ponder: God's new ways are as incompatible with the old as the new cloth is to the old. Past failures and old habits are replaced with new life with Jesus Christ who restores us! "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
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