Reflection for Monday, January 16, 2012: 2nd week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorGabuzda, Richard, Rev.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGabuzda, Richard J., Rev.en_US IIen_US Timeen_US 2en_US
dc.description.abstractWhat's New?||Although he speaks in other places of continuity with and fulfillment of what has come before, in today's gospel passage Jesus announces the "newness" that he brings, making use of two images. The practice of fasting has no place at a wedding, Jesus points out, clearly announcing that he is the Bridegroom, the Messiah who inaugurates the "new times." As if to underscore his point, Jesus likewise points out the foolishness of an old wine skin put to use with new wine-it just won't work! The new wine likewise announces the "new times."|Having left behind the Christmas season only a week ago, we might ask ourselves today whether we have also left behind the "newness of life" experienced in those days. Jesus, born into our world, continues to pursue us with a divine passion, even greater than that of the most loving bridegroom. And, thanks to the gift of baptism, the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (cf. Romans 5, 5). Are we allowing ourselves to be pursued by Love, or have we reverted once again to living life on our own terms? Are we drinking the new wine of the Holy Spirit, experiencing the "sober intoxication" of that divine gift, or are we "running on our own steam" once again?|All this "newness" which Jesus proclaims today precludes any "business as usual," and invites us to step fully into a new time, living in a new way as we march through a new year.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 311en_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Collegeen_US
dc.program.unitInstitute for Priestly Formationen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local11 Samuel 15:16-23en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 2:18-22en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, January 16, 2012: 2nd week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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