New Wine & Old Wine at the Same Table

Friday of Week 22 in Ordinary Time

St. Paul was addressing the rivalries and divisions within the Christian community in Corinth, reminding them that they all serve the same Lord and Master. Our leaders are merely servants and stewards whose task is to draw us to Jesus, not to themselves. So we keep in mind the true purpose of our discipleship, that we encounter Jesus and bring others to encounter Jesus themselves. All else is meant to serve that one purpose, or they are distractions we need to avoid.

The joy and enthusiasm we see in others that attracts us to follow Jesus more closely not only fuels our own spirits for purely personal benefit. Rather, that joy and enthusiasm must benefit the whole community. But some have grown weary and dismissive of creativity and innovation. They like old wine, and they will have nothing to do with new wine. New wine must be put into new wineskins. Creativity and innovation must be shared with those who have not yet grown weary and dismissive, who are receptive and eager for new joy and new enthusiasm. But we need to be patient with one another, welcoming equally those who have gotten comfortable with old routines and those itching to confront new challenges. We have both old and new garments that serve their purpose in different occasions. We cannot force but must invite support from those who think differently, reminding one another that we serve the same Lord and Master, all for the benefit of the community of faith.

This mass was offered for the repose of +Cindy Davis.

Rolo B Castillo © 2020

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