Amos 9:11-15; Psalm 85; Matthew 9:14-17
In the first reading the Lord says he will revive the fortunes of his people and re-establish the kingdom of David. This restoration or revival is available only for those who key into the redeeming grace that Christ has given through his death and resurrection. In the Gospel, John’s disciples were more concerned with adhering to the custom of fasting and neglected the possibility of opening themselves more fully to the teaching of Jesus. There are so many possibilities in God, customs and regulations should not deter us from these possibilities rather enhance our experience of God. Again, using wineskins as a case study Jesus shows how the existing Jewish customs could be enhanced in the light of his preaching about the kingdom of God.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.