Scripture: Mark 2:13-22
Key verse: (22) And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”
Reflection: We are a couple of days into Lent and maybe you have given something up or taken something on as your spiritual practice. Since we are in the middle of our Lenten fast, it might seem a bit odd to be talking about Jesus and his disciples refusing to fast but here we are. Jesus is saying that the time is fulfilled and God’s kingdom is arriving. That is why they are not fasting.
Jesus pushes a bit further saying that some things have to change. We can’t squish the new life of the kingdom into old wineskins of that day. It was not a new set of rules, or a more innovative type of religion but a whole new creation that Jesus was bringing. It is because of that new creation that we take time in this season to bring our lives in line with the Kingdom of God. We give up, take on or fast to say goodbye to everything in us that still clings to the old.
Prayer: Renew me, O God, by your far-reaching grace. Restore me, O God, to your Kingdom of Peace, Truth and Love. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].