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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

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?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? ... People do not put new wine into old wineskins... Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

The new evangelization: it is necessary to update the "understanding" of faith

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Jesus calls us to a “renewed fidelity”: although the content of faith does not change substantially, we must consider the changes in cultural perception and the serious difficulties of time regarding the profession of the true faith and its proper interpretation.

For centuries the essential contents are the heritage of all believers and they need to be confirmed, understood and deepened ever anew in order to give coherence in historical conditions different from the past. The Church’s teaching has the responsibility to enhance the meditation on faith to help all believers in Christ so that their support of the Gospel is more conscience and stronger each time.

-In more recent times the Church has fulfilled this mission with the Second Vatican Council (“A safe compass to guide us in the way of the new century”) and twice calling the “Year of Faith” (with Paul VI and Benedict XVI),among many other initiatives.