Today's Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Mon. Jan 16, 2017 : Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 2:18-22

New wine is poured into fresh wineskins. The Letter to the Hebrews defines Jesus as “a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” The difference from the traditional priesthood is stunning: Jesus “offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears.” More alarming to pious ears even today, “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” This “Melchizedek Code” lay unnoticed for centuries in Psalm 110, already regarded as a key messianic psalm. Jesus defines himself as “the bridegroom,” partying happily with his guests, till he is “taken away” -- another shocking image in its own way. Both images are new wine for new wineskins. It’s Ordinary Time, but this almost feels like a penitential examination of one’s life! How am I doing, wineskin-wise? Am I “fresh” enough for Jesus? Your power, Lord, stretches forth from Zion!