Fri 4 September
Friday of week 22 of the year
Christ Jesus is the image of the unseen God
and the first-born of all creation,
for in him were created
all things in heaven and on earth:
everything visible and everything invisible,
Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, PowersÂ â€“
all things were created through him and for him.
Before anything was created, he existed,
and he holds all things in unity.
Now the Church is his body,
he is its head.
As he is the Beginning,
he was first to be born from the dead,
so that he should be first in every way;
because God wanted all perfection
to be found in him
and all things to be reconciled through him and for him,
everything in heaven and everything on earth,
when he made peace
by his death on the cross.
Psalm or canticle
The Pharisees and scribes said to Jesus, â€˜Johnâ€™s disciples are always fasting and saying prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees too, but yours go on eating and drinking.â€™ Jesus replied, â€˜Surely you cannot make the bridegroomâ€™s attendants fast while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come, the time for the bridegroom to be taken away from them; that will be the time when they will fast.â€™
He also told them this parable, â€˜No one tears a piece from a new cloak to put it on an old cloak; if he does, not only will he have torn the new one, but the piece taken from the new will not match the old.
â€˜And nobody puts new wine into old skins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and then run out, and the skins will be lost. No; new wine must be put into fresh skins. And nobody who has been drinking old wine wants new. â€œThe old is goodâ€ he says.â€™
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By Matthew Warner - Sep 3, 2009 at 10:42 am