MONDAY , JANUARY 15, 2024 WEEK TWO – ORDINARY TIME

SOME SURPRISE PRONOUNCEMENTS (MK 2:18-22)

Prayer: 

O Holy Spirit, make me a new creation.

Imagination: 

Imagine Jesus with the disciples and the Pharisees.

Context:

            Jesus uses two images of cloth and wineskins to show that his Kingdom demands a totally new way of acting and thinking.  Nobody sews new cloth on old garments or pours new wine into old wineskins.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Jesus does not allow his disciples to fast. His Kingdom is new and contains greater blessings.
  2. He reveals an astonishing mystery.  He is the bridegroom, the presence of God in their midst.
  3. The Bridegroom’s presence precludes all fasting at his wedding.
  4. Both images (new cloth and new wine) carry the same message. Jesus is God’s new presence and the former response to God is inadequate.  Jesus’ Kingdom bursts these limited ideas.
  5. To be faithful to the Bridegroom, the disciples must seek the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, my faith is too small to receive you.
  • You are such a gift.  Why do I not rejoice always?
  • You are the bridegroom, God in our midst.  To you is all honor and glory.
  • When you are present, I rejoice.  Sorrow is cast out.  Joy abounds.
  • I will find new cloth, greater faith that can hold your blessings.
  • Jesus, pour out the new wine of your Spirit.

Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

  1. I will ask, “What must I do to receive Jesus’ gifts.”
  2. I will make Jesus my bridegroom.  He wants to have everything.
  3. I will ask for greater faith so I gain every gift of God.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)