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Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (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?” 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 unshrunken 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.”

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?"