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Gospel Reflection

We must be on our guard.
We could be taken to court;
we could be summoned to appear
before the authorities, to testify for Jesus.
The gospel must be proclaimed to everyone.
Jesus asked in the garden that the cup might pass from him;
Jesus drank the cup and walked the way of the cross.

Gospel Reading - The Question about Fasting

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14One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast as we do and as the Pharisees do?”

15“Should the bridegroom’s friends mourn and go without food while he is with them?” Jesus asked. “But the time is coming when Ia will be taken from them. Time enough then for them to refuse to eat.

16“And who would patch an old garment with unshrunk cloth? For the patch would tear away and make the hole worse. 17And who would use old wineskinsb to store new wine? For the old skins would burst with the pressure, and the wine would be spilled and skins ruined. Only new wineskins are used to store new wine. That way both are preserved.”

. . . . .Matthew 9:14-17
  1. Literally, “the Bridegroom.”
  2. These were leather bags for storing wine.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.