“No one pours new wine into old wineskins” (Luke 5:37).
The question was about fasting. Jesus answered with a wedding. No one fasts at a wedding. So his disciples do not fast as do those of John the Baptist, because the bridegroom is with them.
Something new is happening. It is like new wine, bubbling up, expanding, effervescent, alive. Don’t put it in old wineskins, already stretched and tight, for it will burst the seams and spill out. No, new wine into new wineskins.
Something new is happening. It is not about institutional change or structural realignment. It about love that transforms relationships, creates new life, new possibilities. It is unpredictable and risky. Be ready to expand with it, accommodate it, wait for it to reveal itself.
God gives bread to sustain us, but wine is to make us joyful, exuberant, vulnerable to one another. The first sign was given at Canna, a wedding feast, where the water of legal and ceremonial washing was changed into fine wine for the celebration of love. The Bridegroom is here.
Pray for new wine, but first pray for a new heart to hold it. Make your life a wedding feast. Joy is the surest sign of the presence of God. The Bridegroom is here.