Today in the OCA Kalendar is the Feast Day of The Holy Martyrs Peregrinus, Lucian, Pompeius, Hesychius, Papius, Saturninus and Germanus were natives of Italy. They suffered for Christ under the emperor Trajan in the city of Dirrachium, located at the shore of the Adriatic sea. It is also the Feast of St Emmanuel and his Companions who were martyred during the persecution of Christians in Mexico in the 19th century. May these our holy friends pray for us and with us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+
Today’s Gospel Reading according to the Roman Lectionary:
Gospel 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?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.
No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth,
for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”
The “old wineskins” of power, triumphalism, and imperialism are beginning to burst and the Church will be made better for it. Think about what these old wineskins and how they are manifested.
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