13th Week in the Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Am 9:11-15
Thus says the LORD: On that day I will raise up the fallen hut of David; I will wall up its breaches, raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old, That they may conquer what is left of Edom and all the nations that shall bear my name, say I, the LORD, who will do this. Yes, days are coming, says the LORD, When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the vintager, him who sows the seed; The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains, and all the hills shall run with it. I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel; they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities, Plant vineyards and drink the wine, set out gardens and eat the fruits. I will plant them upon their own ground; never again shall they be plucked from the land I have given them, say I, the LORD, your God.
Gospel: Mt 9:14-17
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrinking cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
A NEW BEGINNING: Promise of better days are always encouraging and gives hope for those affected by difficult events of life. The Israelites went astray from the precepts of the Lord and they faced the consequences. We also fall and break our baptismal promises. The Lord is inviting us to be like the wine, which is to be preserved according to its age. Sometimes it requires to think differently to face the new challenges and realities of life. We must be creative, think and act differently. Clinging onto our old self and remaining in our sinfulness is an obstacle in our life journey. The Lord is with us and his grace is sufficient for us (cf. 2 Cor 12:9) and his merciful gaze is always upon us. Let us resolve to follow the Lord daily and experience his merciful love.
Prayer: Lord help me to find my true identity and thus to know you more and more.