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The Old and the New

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  Colossians 1:15-20
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 5:33-39

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See this article on Colossians 1:15-20

The Groom and the Banquet

The Pharisees and the scribes saw that Jesus was associating himself with tax collectors (see vv. 27-31) and so they discuss the fact with him and his group’s non-ascetic lifestyle. In contrast with other movements at the time, Jesus’ group does not seem to appear "religious" since they are more into eating and drinking.

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Jesus responds with two parables: one about the bridegroom (34-35), and the other about the old and the new (36-38)

In the first parable, Jesus is implicitly stating that he is the bridegroom present among the wedding guests. They eat and drink because of the presence of the groom. When he is taken away, then the fasting begins.

Jesus’ characterization of his group’s life-style is interesting. Eating and drinking is a sign of fellowship, a celebration of the gifts that God showers on those who love Him. Every Jewish feast is an anticipation of the blessings God reserves for the last days. Here in the midst of His group, Jesus is "the Last Day", in Him, God generously bestows His blessings to everyone.

But then, there is another aspect to this. "The days will come" he says when the bridegroom will be taken away. Jesus points to the time when he will be taken away, his physical presence snatched from the sight of the world. Those days, he says, will be days of fasting. This is the "little while" that he speaks of John: the "little while" that He will be away.

In the second parable, Jesus insists on the new not being compromised with the old. The "Last Day" is "the new day". The "new" cannot be used to patch the "old", nor can the "new wine" be placed into what is old. The "new" requires a transformation: old clothes should be changed not remodelled.

The last line of this parable is addressed to the Pharisees who will remain intransigent towards Jesus: they will be the ones who will say "Old wine tastes better."

Colossians 1:15-20
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15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him.
17And he is before all, and by him all things consist.
18And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he may hold the primacy:
19Because in him, it hath well pleased the Father, that all fullness should dwell;
20And through him to reconcile all things unto himself, making peace through the blood of his cross, both as to the things that are on earth, and the things that are in heaven.
Luke 5:33-39
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33And they said to him: Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees in like manner; but thine eat and drink?
34To whom he said: Can you make the children of the bridegroom fast, whilst the bridegroom is with them?
35But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, then shall they fast in those days.
36And he spoke also a similitude to them: That no man putteth a piece from a new garment upon an old garment; otherwise he both rendeth the new, and the piece taken from the new agreeth not with the old.
37And no man putteth new wine into old bottle: otherwise the new wine will break the bottles, and it will be spilled, and the bottles will be lost.
38But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
39And no man drinking old, hath presently a mind to new: for he saith, The old is better.
Colossians 1:15-20
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15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him.
17And he is before all, and by him all things consist.
18And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he may hold the primacy:
19Because in him, it hath well pleased the Father, that all fullness should dwell;
20And through him to reconcile all things unto himself, making peace through the blood of his cross, both as to the things that are on earth, and the things that are in heaven.

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