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Friday of the Twenty-second Week In Ordinary Time
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Jesus said to the Pharisees, “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.”
Something big is coming out soon. The new iPhone will be announced September 10th, 2013. The world is waiting and watching.
Last month, apple announced a new operating system to go with it: the iOS7.
The two – hardware and software- will soon become one. They were made for each other.
New wine and new wineskins. You don’t put old wine into new wineskins. You just don’t do that. If you do, the new wineskins will burst. Similarly, you don’t put a new operating system into an old phone. If you do, the old phone will burst. Instead, you put a new operating system in a new phone.
The Holy Spirit is our new operating system. How does it work? Just like Jesus Christ!
We are the Lord’s hardware, his handiwork. The old operating system didn’t work well. It wasn’t meant to. It was a prototype to the real thing.
The Holy Spirit is exactly what we need. And even though she is thousands of years old, she continues to surprise, challenge and inspire us.
She is forever young, forever new and forever wild.
As an old iPhone would burst with a new operating system, so we too will burst with the wrong operating system; that is, poor self-esteem, a bad attitude, and/or an unhealthy lifestyle.
Ariel Castro burst! When his reality changed, he didn’t change with it. Instead, he burst!
When you are faced with unrelenting difficulties or horrific news do you burst? When your reality changes for the worst, do you burst? You shouldn’t.
Christ never burst. If anything, he sustained all things, survived all things, and succeeded in all things. Why? Because his operating system was based on love.
We need to get rid of the old operating system. We don’t need to sin to have a good time; to be happy; to be rich; to be famous; to be popular; to be loved; to be influential; to laugh; to smile; to be powerful; to be accepted; to be in control.
We don’t need to use war to obtain peace. We don’t need to bomb to restore order.
There are so many forces that are out of our control. Faith and love are not out of our control. We have free will. We can choose to believe and to love. No one can take that away.
What is shocking to me is that love is in my control. This is shocking because God’s essence is Love, and God is out of my control. But because of the Holy Spirit, I have been given the grace to participate in God’s love, to contribute to it, and to share it with others.
“It is no longer I who live in me, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).
Out with the old. In with the new. (105)
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