No one pours new wine into old wineskins

Published January 17, 2022, 12:05 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Reflections today

Gospel • MARK 2:18-22

Some experts argue that this story is an indication of the break that happened between Judaism and Christianity. Early Christians found themselves at odds with the old Jewish community they belonged to because of the new freedom they lived in the name of Jesus Christ. This is the freedom that breaks away from the strict legalism of Judaism, which is most certain to ruffle the feathers of those belonging to the old way. In speaking of old wineskins being unfit for the new wine, the incompatibility of Judaism and Christianity is stressed.

In speaking of the new wine, the implication points out the freshness of Christianity. This freshness is also expected of believers. If faith is to maintain its potency, it has to have that certain adaptability to new situations. A reclusive and exclusive faith just would not work. Faith, while maintaining orthodoxy, has to adapt to new situations in the manner of its expression.

How adaptive is my faith? Do I adjust to unfamiliar circumstances when living out my faith?

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