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Mark 2:23-28

If the performance of our religion prevents us from helping someone in need, then our religion is not religion at all. It might be worth our while to examine our conscience. There are those who are protectors of rules and regulations to the point of smothering life and creativity in others. We are all answerable for the times we put law, rule, and regulation over people. Be careful not to be too critical of the Pharisees.

Saint Anthony,

Pray for us.

Mark 2:18-22

A new patch and an old garment are incompatible. New wine and old wineskins are incompatible. Jesus does not offer these domestic proverbs to provide sewing tips for James and John or wine storage tips for Peter and Andrew. Jesus offers these proverbs to point to the gospel message. God’s kingdom is present in Jesus, and the old patterns of religions cannot contain Christ’s new ways.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 2:1-11

We might be tempted to see the Gospel for today only as a miracle of Jesus turning water into wine, but the focus of the gospel is not on the water into wine, as we might first think. The real focus of the gospel is on the change of the disciples into believers.

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