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Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 2:18-22): The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Jesus wants us to learn a lesson: we must follow the religious precepts out of love for Him, not simply because “one has to”. This is precisely the reason why Jesus defends His disciples from the scorn of the Pharisees: will you fast when your friend invites you to his birthday party?

- I will go to that birthday party and offer for my friend the sacrifice of taking less of what I like the most.