Daily Archives: 15 January, 2024

Without patches. Reflection for marriages. Mark 2:18-22


From the Gospel according to Mark 2:18-22

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.
People came to Jesus and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Without patches.

We have been designed by God with specific talents and for a particular purpose. We cannot pull in a different direction than what God has planned for us, because that would be like patching things up in our own way, and we would eventually, burst. May our body and soul be well disposed, in harmony with His plan for us, when we receive the Lord’s wine.


Applied to married life:

Peter: I sense a hesitancy in your prayer. It seems like you’re not surrendering to the Lord, not allowing Him to lead you.

Sarah: Yeah, I’m scared of what He might ask me. He’s very demanding, and I’m comfortable and stable as I am.

Peter: Sarah, avoid clinging to the things of this world or to your own judgments. Don’t be afraid. Trust in the Lord who loves you so much and trust in His plan. You are created for Him.

Sarah: Thank you, Peter. That gives me peace.


We entrust ourselves into your hands. Thy will be done!