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Liturgical day: Saturday 13th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 9,14-17): John's disciples came to Jesus and said, «How is it that we and the Pharisees fast on many occasions, but not your disciples?». John's disciples came to Jesus and said, «How is it that we and the Pharisees fast on many occasions, but not your disciples?». Jesus answered them, «How can you expect wedding guests to mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? Time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, then they will fast. No one patches an old coat with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for the patch will shrink and tear an even bigger hole in the coat. Besides you don't put new wine in old wineskins. If you do, the wineskins will burst and the wine be spilt. No, you put new wine in fresh skins; then both are preserved».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, Jesus teaches us that we do not have to "fast just for fasting", as if we were to comply with a standard. "Can the guests at the wedding be sad while the bridegroom is with them?" That is the question: above "compliance" there is the law of love (charity). Can you imagine yourself fasting at a wedding?

"Saints are not boring types: they know there are times to fast and times to celebrate. Also, bear in mind the deeper meaning of fasting: to accompany Jesus on the Cross. "How long has it been since I passed last through Calvary?"