The Bridegroom and His Guests

“The Bridegroom and His Guests”
Luke 5:33-39 in a couplet
Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The Greek phrase translated as “wedding guests” is literally “sons of the bridechamber.”

And they said to him, “The disciples of John 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.’”

Luke 5:33-39

2 Replies to “The Bridegroom and His Guests”

  1. Dear GMC, Thank you for your reflection. It reminds me that Jesus is the only Life of the Party and on his command we feast, not fast and wine, not whine. Have mercy on us, O Lord.

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