Reflection on the Gospel of the Friday In The Twenty-Second Week In Ordinary Time
The Pharisees again question Jesus, this time about why his disciples do not fast like John the Baptist’s disciples; to which Jesus presents himself as the bridegroom and his mission of repentance and reconciliation as the wedding feast between God & Israel. No one fasts during a wedding feast! Jesus further explains by giving two common life examples that one cannot mix the old and new.
The Pharisees were rigid in their thinking and were bound within the boundaries of their numerous laws and rituals. They were unwilling to accept the teachings of Christ and open themselves to God. They could not accept Jesus mingling with the tax collectors, sharing a meal with them, healing the sick etc
Jesus established a new covenant of love with the people through his passion, death and resurrection to give us a new life, to be born again in the Spirit.
Old habits die hard but openness to change and consistent efforts help us to replace these old habits with new ones. Are we willing to change in small ways that can make a difference?