Gospel: Luke 5:33-39 -
The scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus, “The disciples of John fast often and say long prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why is it that your disciples eat and drink?” Then Jesus said to them, “You can’t make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them. But later the bridegroom will be taken from them and they will fast in those days.”
Jesus also told them this parable, “No one tears a piece from a new coat to put it on an old one; otherwise the new will be torn and the piece taken from the new will not match the old. No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed as well. But new wine must be put into fresh skins. Yet no one who has tasted old wine is eager to get new wine, but says: The old is good.”
Unlike John the Baptist, whose diet was “wild honey and locusts,” Jesus seems to have eaten normal meals and to have enjoyed feasts and celebrations. In common with Old Testament custom he often used images of food and drink and feasting to describe the Kingdom of God. He taught the disciples to pray, among other things, for their daily bread. Above all, the occasion on which he is present for all time to disciples of every generation is a shared meal, the Eucharist.
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