A Daily Dose of Good News
Saturday, October 10, 2020
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Good morning! It’s October 10 and it’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News which is from Mark 2:18-22.
Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people[ came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 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 unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”
Here ends the reading.
At first glimpse and glance, those may feel like really disjointed components together. There’s a conversation about fasting. Then there’s a conversation about new cloth and old cloth and new wine and old wineskins. So it’s like, ‘were the people who wrote the Bible confused and they just put two things together? What’s that all about?’ So, it is confusing and it is perplexing and I hope it raised some questions for you of: ‘what are they talking about?’
You may remember, previously in Matthew, as we’ve studied it this year, Jesus at one point talks to the Pharisees about their fasting and basically says, ‘you walk around, looking grim, and solemn, and oh so heavy, in your fasting’. The Pharisees typically fasted, twice a week. So, they were often about the “showy-ness” of them doing their regulations in their faith, their routine in their faith. Jesus, here is challenging them, and basically saying ‘I’m not the way of routine faith, of gong through the motions, of doing this repetitively in ways that feel like a chore. I AM about bringing God’s Kingdom into this space, and that is celebratory and that is joyful. That is like having the bridegroom with you- right then! It’s exciting and it’s fun and it’s life-giving!’
Likewise, Jesus is basically comparing Himself to new cloth and new wine, ok? He’s not coming in to be a component of the religion that they know, to continue on in a way that feels tedious and life-depleting. Jesus is coming to change the whole thing! Jesus is the new cloth, so he’s not going to “fit into” this old religion, with its components of works and self-righteousness. Jesus is the new wine! So, you’re not going to pour Jesus into this old religion- because He’ll burst it! Because that’s the kind of life that Jesus brings! So, Jesus offers us something exciting and something new! So, I think we can look forward to that with great anticipation and try to find ways to embody that and bring that more into our lives. In what ways can our relationship with this Jesus, be life-giving, and exciting and fun and thrilling?! So, that’s your Saturday, for you! Thinking about what parts of your faith have become tedious, and like a chore? Not judging that, necessarily, but noticing that. Where has your faith lost some components of life? Where would you like to invite Jesus to come in and make it new? To make it fun and to pour new wine in that… To be a new cloth you can wrap yourself in…. So that’s fun and that’s exciting! I think you’re on your way to a great Saturday…. Take care everybody. Bye-bye.