Tuesday, 17 July 2012
7th July 2012 Matthew 9:14-17
Jesus Questioned About Fasting
Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”. Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
In Zambia I have seen so much mourning, both before death and after; yet I've seen hope and truth and knowing that those who die go to heaven, to be in a better place with Jesus. They do not mourn the way we do, they mourn an accepting grief about missing the person.
I know this doesn't really reflect on the passage but it's what the passage has sparked today.