Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Fabian and St. Sebastian

January 20th, 2014
""One day when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came and said to Jesus, ‘Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?"" Mark 2 : 18

“Jesus replied, ’Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them,?  As long as they have the bridegroom with them they could not think of fasting. But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away way from them, and then on that day, they will fast’. (Mark 2 : 19)  In this section of the Gospel, there is the controversy about fasting. The question leads to Jesus’ identification of himself as the Messianic ‘bridegroom. ‘ His public ministry is unique and at a special time!  In the midst of the controversies, Jesus’ death and crucifixion though slightly veiled is present.  “No one puts a piece of unshrunken cloth onto an old cloak, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And no one put new wine into old wineskins, if he does the wine will burst the skins and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! new wine,  fresh skins.” (Mark 2 : 22) In both cases the goal is to preserve both the skins and the cloth. In the old and new forms of religious practices the main focus of the passage is ‘Jesus ‘ the Messianic Bridegroom.

Prayer God our Father, Jesus is our guide in the preservation of creation. May our focus be ‘Jesus.’ Amen.