Friday, 7 August 2015

Called to Rock

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister (No.146)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 5:33-39
Then they said to him, “John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.” Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”

He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, ‘The old is good.’”

Are you a boat-rocker?
The words and actions of Jesus often seem to rock the boat. In this instance, the Pharisees cannot understand why Jesus’ disciples do not fast. By all appearances, Jesus contradicts their expectations of what is good and right. But appearances can be deceiving, because Jesus’ actions point to a deeper reality. 
He is not abolishing fasting as such, but wanting to indicate that it is a matter of timing. His presence with his disciples has feast-like qualities, and is therefore a time when fasting should be ceased.
If we are serious about following Jesus and striving to imitate him in our lives, then we are also called to be boat-rockers. This may make you cringe inside because standing out in a crowd and being the person who is ‘different’ can be confronting and isolating. However, being a boat-rocker does not have to be a frightening reality, because in effect it is simply a call to authenticity.
Jesus rocked the boat because he wanted all those he encountered to be set free from anything that would hinder them from experiencing love. So, for us, being a boat-rocker is about putting our love for Jesus into practice so that our words and actions enable others to glimpse the truth of who he is.
This may at times be met with hostility, but we can take comfort in the fact that Jesus, the original and best boat-rocker is with us.

In what ways am I called to rock the boat?

Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Susanne Timpani  August 9th, 2015