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You Know Best, Amen

They found Him too much for them
Mark 6:1-6

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Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:3


We can learn from the past, but we cannot live in the past. God's creation is in the process of development. The movement is continuous. The change is constant. Inevitably, the world we leave will be a different world than the one we came into.

A married couple had just returned home from a wedding anniversary celebration and the wife was feeling very nostalgic. "You used to kiss me tenderly," she said. So he leaned over and tenderly kissed her. "You used to hold my hand," she said. So he reached over and took her hand in his. "You used to gently bite my ear lobe," she said. Immediately he got up and began walking out of the room. "Where are you going?" she asked impatiently. "To get my teeth," he replied. Off with the old; on with the new. We can cherish past events. But we cannot relive past events. We can revere our traditions. But we cannot freeze them. We cannot wrap up life in a neat package and say, "This is the way it always was, this is the way it is, and this is the way it always will be."

Jesus Himself is our chief witness to this reality. Do you remember how He used the imagery of "old wine in new wineskins" to emphasize this teaching? Perhaps you have never seen a wineskin. We keep wine in bottles today. But in Jesus' time wine-containers were made from animal skin. The escaping gasses from a new wine, still fermenting, will cause it to expand. When you pour new wine into an old, brittle wineskin, the expansion will cause it to break and the wine will be lost. Like new wine, God's gift of new life in Jesus Christ needs flexible vessels in which to develop and ferment and expand.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus returns home to Nazareth and begins to teach in the synagogue. His old friends and neighbors react as so many old wineskins. They are amazed by His teaching, Mark tells us. They are impressed by His wisdom, Mark tells us. They are [...]

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