Second Week After Epiphany, Wednesday, January 19, 2022
They said to Jesus, “John’s followers often fast for a certain time and pray, just as the Pharisees do. But your followers eat and drink all the time.”
Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is still with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
Jesus told them this story: “No one takes cloth off a new coat to cover a hole in an old coat. Otherwise, they ruin the new coat, and the cloth from the new coat will not be the same as the old cloth. Also, no one ever pours new wine into old leather bags. Otherwise, the new wine will break the bags, the wine will spill out, and the leather bags will be ruined. New wine must be put into new leather bags. No one after drinking old wine wants new wine, because they say , ‘The old wine is better.’”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We enter your sacred prayer space today with our old coats. We are also like old wine skins that have taken on the flavours of the old, stale wine. We struggle to remove the old ways of doing things. So you take our old coats and cover us with your new royal robe. You fill us with cleansing water. Life-giving Spirit breathes over us with life-giving breath. You fill us with your new ways. Only you can completely cleanse us and set us on a new path.
O loving Yahweh, we follow you on this good path, walking a new way. Thank you that Jesus came to show us how to have a loving relationship with you and to let go of religion. Thank you that every day is fresh with new mercies.
I receive your cleansing, new royal robe, and new wine today, LORD, and thank you for…
All things are made new with you, Loving Yahweh. You are mysterious and all-knowing and see clearly where our paths will take us. With all things new, we faithfully follow you today as you lead us on our paths, trusting in your wisdom to guide us. We join in your mystery with excitement as we celebrate your perfect gifts.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Song of Solomon 4:9-5:1