Imagination: (Imagine Jesus with the disciples and the Pharisees.)
Jesus uses two images of cloth and wineskins to show that his Kingdom demands a totally new way of acting and thinking. Nobody sews new cloth on old garments or pours new wine into old wineskins.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees came to ask, “Why do we fast but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered, “How can the guests at a wedding banquet fast when the bridegroom is still with them?” As long as he is there, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them. Then, they will fast.
No one sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment because the new will pull away from the old, and the tear will get worse.
No one puts new wine into old wineskins. The wine will burst the skins and the wine will spill and the wineskins will be ruined. New wine must be put into new skins.
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
Thought: (Recall this text during the day)
How can the guests fast, when the bridegroom is still with them?