July 4, 2020

People do not put new wine into old wineskins.

Matthew tells us that John’s disciples asked Jesus why he and his disciples do not fast the way that they did. The answer that Jesus gave tells us, basically, that Jesus and his message is something new and, as such, to expect him to do what John and the Pharisees were doing (after all, it was not required in the Bible) does not apply. He has come to bring the good news of a new relationship with God through him.

This new relationship had been predicted in that beautiful passage from Jeremiah of a new covenant relationship with God, where the law would be written in our hearts, rather than on tablets of stone. When we ask how it is possible for something to be written in our hearts, there is only one way: through love. And that is what we have come to experience through Jesus; God’s love made manifest. And it is a love that we continue to experience.

Aside from the example of Jesus’ life that we glean from the Scriptures, we have a living experience of that love in the Eucharist. When we celebrate Eucharist, we do not simply commemorate a historical memory. We know that everything that Jesus did for us is once more made actual. We again come into life-giving contact with our savior. And in our ability to pray before the Eucharist, we can deepen our appreciation of all that he has done and continues to do on our behalf. Jesus is truly new wine—a better wine than we can ever find elsewhere.

How can I be new wine in someone’s life today?

Let Us Pray:

O loving Lord, help me to appreciate the new wine that you bring into my life. Grant that I may continue to deepen my understanding of all you have done for me, so that in my turn, I might bring that new wine, that new love, into other people’s lives.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.