16 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.
17 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.”Matthew 9:16-17
Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Reflections
Today, Jesus is teaching us about why we should shed off our old ungodly ways and habits in order to accommodate the new ways He teaches us through His Holy Gospel.
The disciples of John had asked Jesus why they, together with the Pharisees fast while His disciples do not. Jesus answered this question in two ways;
1) Because Jesus was still with them, His disciples did not need to fast but when he would be gone back to The Father, His disciples would need to fast.
2) After He is gone and the disciples begin to fast, they would not fast like the pharisees did because they fasted in a hypocritical way that was not appealing to God. The disciples of Jesus would need to fast the way Jesus taught them.
The mode of fasting that Jesus had taught was, fasting without show-off, that is, not showing everybody that you are fasting, not wearing sack clothes or being gloomy to people to show that you are really suffering.
Lets dissect this. Old wineskins are the peoples hearts that are governed by the old, arrogant, unpleasant and ungodly ways and habits like those that the pharisees had. The new wineskins are the peoples hearts that have accepted the new ways that Jesus was preaching about. The new wine is the Good News and teaching by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus says that in that state of show-off and arrogance that the pharisees were, they would not fast in the right way as Jesus wanted because their way of life was not compatible with His teachings. They would not mend their bad ways of life with just fasting. To mend their bad ways, they had to completely transform and become new wineskins, so that the Good News from Jesus could start to manifest in them.
Let us therefore, first and foremost turn into new wineskins so that our tithe, offerings, prayers and fasting can be acceptable to God the Almighty.
Prayer: God Almighty, help us to undergo a metanoia – complete change in our way of life – so that Your teachings can manifest in us and help in proclaiming Your Gospel to the whole world. Amen.