Saturday, July 2, 2011

unique

today's Gospel



On one level today's Gospel has a fairly simple message. Outsiders come and ask Jesus why don't his followers behave like them, like all pious people - why don't they fast? Jesus says that while he, the bridegroom, is around, his followers can't be expected to fast. But when he's gone they will.

So far so simple. But at a deeper level, I think Jesus is saying his followers need to look at each situation and prepare themselves for its demands accordingly. In the context of the time they talk about fasting, but we shouldn't get bogged down on a particular word or practice. The important message is that every mission has it's own unique requirements. A one sized fits all approach doesn't work. What is required is to prayerfully look at the situation and then engage with it.

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