FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
Friday, March 3
Paul A Miller
Class of 2017

 

Soon They’ll Be Ready

 

“The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”  -Matthew 9:15

 

There is a philosophical axiom that goes something like this: “Things are received according to the mode of the receiver.” Think of it this way, if you put the wrong fuel in your vehicle, at best your vehicle won’t run, at worst, your engine catches fire!

 

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus explains to John’s disciples that His time with them is to be a time of celebration, celebrating the proclamation of the Kingdom of God! But it is also a time of preparation. Jesus’ disciples do not yet understand what the Kingdom of God fully means, or what it will ultimately cost. In the verses that follow, Jesus explains that new wine must be poured into new wine skins. He is preparing His disciples to understand the full implications of the Kingdom of God, and preparing them to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the good news. Without this preparation, they will not have the effective capacity to receive that which God will pour into them.

 

As we journey through Lent, let us keep in mind that we are in a season of preparation. Let us pray for our own conversions and the conversions of all, so that we may be disposed to receive the fullness of life that flows from the power of Christ’s Resurrection at Easter.

 

Almighty, ever- living , and merciful Father, as we anticipate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, prepare us for this season of Lent, that we may be ready to receive and to live the power of His Resurrection, in love and mercy toward others, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Is 58:1-9a              Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19             Mt 9:14-15