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Friday, June 28, 2019

    “Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’” (Mt 9: 14-17)

     Today, on the final day of the Apostles’ Fast for NC-people, and on its fifth day for us OC-people, we have this reading on fasting. The Lord give...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    “See then that you walk circumspectly/carefully, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time (ἐξαγοραζόμενοι τὸν καιρόν), because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,” (Eph 5: 15-19)

     On a daily basis, we are called to “redeem the time.“ What does this mean? “Redeem“ (literally, to “buy up“) in this context means 1. To evaluate/understand the significance of “the time,“ that is, of every specific situation or opportunity or challenge, in light of our God-given purpose, to become “more like“ and “more in“ Him; and 2. To of...

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