January 20, 2014 1 Samuel 15:16-23; Mark 2:18-22

Guest blogger: smas

We hear in today’s reading that the disciples of Jesus were acting outside of the norm that the Pharisees and Scribes observe.  Jesus’ disciples feast … rather than fast like the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist.  The disciples of Jesus act differently … than the expectations of the Pharisees and Scribes … and it makes them uncomfortable and suspicious … and so they ask why … what is going on?

Jesus explains that His presence is the game changer … He brings a new way of life.  Jesus uses examples of the incompatibility between His message and the old forms of piety when he talks about patching an old garment with new cloth and using old wine skins for new wine … the tension is real … often explosive.

Jesus makes a point.  A brand new time has come … a new way of living has arrived.

If the Pharisees and Scribes realized that Jesus was God … that He was the promised Messiah … they probably would have better understood that having Jesus among them was reason from THEM to feast … to re-evaluate their old practices … to resolve the tension between the old and new way.

Jesus tries to re-focus attention on what is important … His presence … His way.  The time had come for change.

As we go about our daily activity … may we remember that because of Jesus … we are changed.  The way of Jesus calls us to feast in His love.

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