“People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” – Matthew 9:17, from today’s gospel.
Every time I hear or read this Gospel, I think of my wonderful dad. His blood vessels and veins had undoubtedly weakened from years of inadequate blood flow, as surely happens to all people whose heart can no longer efficiently pump blood.
In my humble opinion, his vessels couldn’t handle the new flow of blood. Their elasticity was compromised from years of “drought.”
– New Lease on Life
– New Medical Issues
When the LVAD created a firehose effect — much greater pressure on inelastic tissues — the vessels weren’t quite capable of handling the new demand.
New Wine. Old Wineskins.
That’s why he needed frequent (almost monthly) blood transfusions. I ain’t no doctor. But years of reflecting and studying this stuff bring me to this intuitive conclusion.
Anyway… That’s the Readers Digest version.
God, I miss him!
The imminent commencement of my SEVENTH (!!) decade shifted my philosophizing into overdrive and made me a tad more motivated.
I’ve got three things for you today.
Many of us who live in the 21st Century seem to think we’ve evolved, that we’re so much wiser than our predecessors in past centuries. Certainly since the founding of our country!
The reality is,
there ain’t nothin’ new under the sun
those who lived seven and a half centuries before the birth of Christ were just as depraved as the “enlightened” 21st Century sophisticates.
According to the prophet Amos, God took note of the depravity of the Israelites living at the time.
Amos warned them of their fate.
Psalm 50 has ominous reminders for
“… you who never think of God.” – Psalm 50:22a
Decision in the Midst of Excuses
Jesus has tough words for those who say they want to follow Him today. When’s the right time to do what you’ve been called to do?
When are you going to do it? What’s it going to take?
For me, time’s running short. It is for all of us. Some will have more than others.
What are you waiting for?
Watch the Video
It’s all explained right here…