Was Jesus answering John’s disciples in Matthew 9 only regarding the period between His death and Resurrection? This interpretation strikes me as a rather shallow reading of the text, as if there ought to be a deeper meaning here than “Don’t you worry, they’ll fast Friday and Saturday night a year or so from now!” If Jesus is referring to us today, then how can we affirm Jesus’ promise in Matthew 28, and claim its fulfillment in the Eucharist? Is the answer breakfast, that we fast one hour before the Eucharist?
My problem with these passages is that the second appears to contradict the first, and the second does not appear fulfilled today: The Eucharist appears as bread, not Jesus, and only appears to act as bread, not as friend, master, lover, brother, lord, or God; the Eucharist something that lasts only a few minutes before it’s back in the Tabernacle – which, to be frank, strikes me horribly as like an idol, rather than God, since it’s apparently an inanimate object that relies on the priest to move around and be cared for.
I would appreciate your help in understanding these passages and their relationship (and the Eucharist, though discussion of the Eucharist apart from its connection to these passages would be better for a new thread or else PM).
14 Then John’s disciples came to him, and asked, How is it that thy disciples do not fast, when we and the Pharisees fast so often? 15 To them Jesus said, Can you expect the men of the bridegroom’s company to go mourning, while the bridegroom is still with them? No, the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them; then they will fast. 16 Nobody uses a piece of new cloth to patch an old cloak; that would take away from the cloak all its pattern, and make the rent in it worse than before. 17 Nor is new wine put into old wine-skins; if that is done, the skins burst, and there is the wine spilt and the skins spoiled. If the wine is new, it is put into fresh wine-skins, and so both are kept safe.
16 And now the eleven disciples took their journey into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had bidden them meet him. 17 When they saw him there, they fell down to worship; though some were still doubtful. 18 But Jesus came near and spoke to them; All authority in heaven and on earth, he said, has been given to me; 19 you, therefore, must go out, making disciples of all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 20 teaching them to observe all the commandments which I have given you. And behold I am with you all through the days that are coming, until the consummation of the world.