January 18, 2021

We have learned by experience that to a hammer, everything is a nail. Or we have learned not to use bleach when washing colored, printed shirts and so many other domestic do’s and don’ts. It is the practical side of life.

We draw other lessons also. Sometimes they come from the wise advice of those who have shared their knowledge about the practical and about life itself. They know something and pass it on. There are rules, and there are rules: some old and some new.

As for the old “wineskins,” they have been used to ferment wine and, in that process, have been stretched and hardened. Do not pour new wine to be fermented into the old, for the skins will burst. Wise advice! What has any of this to do with us?

Extending the metaphor, if we have been poured into new wineskins if we have been poured into Christ and Christ into us, what need do we have of anything else. There is always a need to re-examine what we have become accustomed to, just as the followers of the Pharisees are faced with their need to fast when Christ questions that need.

Now, proper etiquette requires that when invited to a meal or a reception banquet, you eat. This is no time to speak of your slim diet and decide a glass of water will be just fine. We are invited to the eucharistic table to take in Christ in the form of consecrated bread and wine. Christ is present to us. Come and eat. Put aside the “diets” of abstaining from his eucharistic presence with a renewed spirit; the gospel will be alive for ourselves and others.

Let Us Pray:

Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God, my savior, for you, I wait all the day long. (Psalm 25:4-5)


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.