Jesus’ characterization of his group’s life-style is interesting. Eating and drinking is a sign of fellowship, a celebration of the gifts that God showers on those who love Him. Every Jewish feast is an anticipation of the blessings God reserves for the last days. Here in the midst of His group, Jesus is “the Last Day”, in Him, God generously bestows His blessings to everyone.
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Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. (Luke 5:38)
The saying about the “new” and the “old” is directed towards those who have been habituated to their religion. They are the ones who have tasted the old wine and now say “the old wine tastes better”. Jesus says that the “new” cannot be accomodated to the old ways; he should be accepted as He is. But before this can happen, people must undergo a radical change. From “old” they must become “new.”
The baptized have become empowered to accept the Lord just as He is. By their baptism, they have become a new creation, re-expressed in Christ. But by that same baptism they are also required to become ever new — through the renewal of their minds that they “may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect (Rom. 12:2)”, as St. Paul would write, so that they can walk worthily of the Lord.
Come, Holy Spirit, with your seven-fold gifts visit your faithful. Dwell in them and let them experience your power that as they move towards their true homeland, they may faithfully live according to the teachings of Christ. Amen.