The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Memorial of St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church, 03 September 2021 Colossians 1:15-20 ><)))'> ><]]]]*> ><)))'> Luke 5:33-39
The scribes and the Pharisees said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast so often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.”Luke 5:33
Oh yes, God our Father! So many times we are like the scribes and the Pharisees asking Jesus not to seek the truth but to confirm what we believe as true and proper, trying to find justifications for what we are doing which we hardly understand the deeper meaning.
Like the gospel last Sunday, we cannot distinguish what is traditional and what is new, what is clean and unclean, and most of all, what is good and what is evil because we are more focused with our selves than with you and Jesus.
And he also told them a parable. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, “The old is good.””Luke 5:36, 37-39
Like St. Gregory the Great, refresh us in your Son Jesus Christ, dear Father. Make us "new wineskins" to be poured with Jesus, the "new wine"; indeed, old wine always tastes good but we have to become new wineskins too to be able to adjust to the new wine to bring out its goodness and zest.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the Blood of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.Colossians 1:19-20
Let us always seek first Jesus Christ, loving Father in looking at things in life and especially in the Church; like St. Gregory the Great who accomplished so much not only in the Church but also in civil society despite his short stint as Pope for only 13 years, help us to center our lives in Christ Jesus because "he is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation" (Colossians 1:15). Amen.