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Gospel for the Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 2:18-22

Summary: Questioned about His disciples not fasting like others, Jesus likened their situation to a wedding celebration, where guests don't fast in the presence of the bridegroom, hinting at His role and the joy of His presence. He predicted a time for fasting after His departure. Jesus used metaphors of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak and new wine in old wineskins to illustrate the incompatibility of His new teachings with old traditions, emphasizing the need for renewal to embrace His message.

Jesus on Fasting and Change

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.”

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