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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Monday 2nd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 2,18-22): One day, when the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees were fasting, some people asked Jesus, «Why is it that both the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but yours do not?». Jesus answered, «How can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? (…). The day will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them and on that day they will fast (…). No one puts new wine into old wineskins (…). But new wine, new skins!».

The New Alliance happened by Jesus Christ guides the Old to his fullness

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

Today, Jesus Christ —in connection with the "malicious" question about fasting— presents Himself as the "spouse" of the promised nuptials of God to his people, thus gradually revealing His condition of Messiah and His existence within God’s mystery. In Jesus, in an unsuspected way, God and man become one, celebrate their "wedding", which however goes through the Cross, trough the moment when the bridegroom will be taken away.

Furthermore, the Lord’s answer clarifies the connection between the Old and the New Pact: the new spirit is not a patch added to the Old one, but the improvement of the teachings which the Old Testament had already pointed to. The Law is neither denied nor marginalized; on the contrary its inherent expectation is lead to fulfillment. The "new Moses" will be the intermediary of a Pact superior to the one Moses could ever have brought from the Sinai…

—Jesus: your love offered in the Cross is the new and special wine reserved for the nuptial banquet of God with mankind.