1 Corinthians 4:1-5
People must think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God. What is expected of stewards is that each one should be found worthy of his trust. Not that it makes the slightest difference to me whether you, or indeed any human tribunal, find me worthy or not. I will not even pass judgement on myself. True, my conscience does not reproach me at all, but that does not prove that I am acquitted: the Lord alone is my judge. There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.
The Pharisees and scribes said to Jesus, ‘John’s disciples are always fasting and saying prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees too, but yours go on eating and drinking.’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely you cannot make the bridegroom’s attendants fast while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come, the time for the bridegroom to be taken away from them; that will be the time when they will fast.’
He also told them this parable, ‘No one tears a piece from a new cloak to put it on an old cloak; if he does, not only will he have torn the new one, but the piece taken from the new will not match the old.
‘And nobody puts new wine into old skins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and then run out, and the skins will be lost. No; new wine must be put into fresh skins. And nobody who has been drinking old wine wants new. “The old is good” he says.’
“The salvation of the just comes from the Lord”
Many movies are interesting because they feature the human condition; of how people change and grow through the circumstances they face. Some changes are good; others not so.
In the movie ‘My Fair Lady’, for example, a friendly bet results in an uncultured lady, Eliza Doolittle, being brought into the home of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics. Despite rather difficult odds, Eliza turns into a cultured lady, even posing as a duchess in an ambassador’s party and fooling everyone there. The interesting thing is, after Eliza returns home after the completion of this experiment, she finds that she no longer fits in; she has become a stranger in her own home.
While I was baptized when I was about 19, I was never that ‘into the faith’. I did go to church, but more because I was in the choir and because I wanted to hang out with my friends.
Fast forward some 21 years, and my wife and I attended a course known as the Christian Life Program. What I experienced during the course allowed me to learn more about what it meant to be a Christian. In essence, I was converted.
My experience in the working world since has been very different. In some areas, I found it difficult to do what I was previously doing. I began questioning many of the things that I saw, and wanted to do what was right by my God. I found it really challenging to live my Christian values.
Our Lord talks, in today’s gospel, about not putting new wines into old skins, or using a cloth from a new cloak to repair an old one. In effect, we are the new skin, we are the new cloak. With the changes we experience as children of God, we are renewed!
(Today’s OXYGEN by Paul Wee)
Prayer: Father, help us to be like new skins and new cloaks. Help us to be renewed in our faith and to be good examples in our journey to Your kingdom.
Thanksgiving: Thank You Jesus for showing us where we need to be in our growth as children of our Father. We are grateful for Your reminder that we should be renewed in our daily walk with You.