The Word of God

From Whine To Wine

Reflection on Mass Reading for July 6, 2019

“Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name, which we love.” A great number of people who have experienced a true, eye-opening encounter with the Lord Jesus have remarked that life seems new and fresh even though they may have lived for more that a few number of years. Some have remarked that since they have begun this life-changing relationship with the Lord they never have a bad day anymore, although they would be quick to remind us that some days are definitely better than others. The point is simple: once we meet the Lord Jesus there really is no turning back, not against Him nor back to old, pathetic or unhealthy sinful ways.

“Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” By now, most of our readers and followers can accept the obvious fact that one constant truth in the universe is change. Everything changes. Change is inevitable. The sobering aspect of this truth’s application is even more somber: we are either getting better or worse, that is to say, by definition we really cannot “stay the same.” The hope and desire of Jesus for each one of us is also as clear as a cloudless day. We are invited to change always for the better which means the old self and the old attitudes must give way to new and loving ways that more than not begins with the not so subtle act of forgiveness. Every morning is yet another opportunity to begin a brand new day and a completely new strategy for life. Pour the freshness of this opportunity and this day with all its struggles and hurdles into a soul that is ever new and ever growing.

Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. Eckhart Tolle

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