Friday Mass readings (In Christ All is created / fasting... / Change)

**September 4, 2009 **

Reading 1
Col 1:15-20

Brothers and Sisters:
Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in Heaven and on Earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the Body, the Church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the Blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5

R. (2b) Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
For he is good,
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.

R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

Gospel
Lk 5:33-39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink.”
***Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days.”***And he also told them a parable.
“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
***And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, ‘The old is good.’***”
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1st

***Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.

For in him were created all things in Heaven and on Earth***

This psg, along w/ others, shows that Jesus is God… I say this because some christians don’t believe Jesus is God. Elsewhere, Jesus says that if you have seen him you have seen the Father.

2nd

I’m not sure what Jesus is getting at about concerning the old being better than the new… Is he saying that people prefer to hang on to their old familiar ways rather than change?

but then, that truth is as old as time itself… If people didn’t mind changing… maybe this world wouldn’t be such a rotten place… and there would be more Christians… *[/size]

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