Justin Chong, Little Whispers

The Old and The New

First Reading
COL 1:15-20

Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the Body, the Church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the Blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5
R. (2b) Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise;
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
For he is good,
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

Gospel
LK 5:33-39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“The disciples of John the Baptist 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.’”


taking notes

“He told them a parable also: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.” (Luke 4: 36)

REFLECTION
My mom and I have always had this never-ending debate on which is more effective: the old ways or the new. We argued about almost everything but most of the time it was about studies. Of course I took the side of the new ways of education in which everything was done electronically: e-books, homework’s on the net and online chats between group mates. For me long gone are the days we used manila papers to present and met face-to-face to talk about those presentations. My mom, on the other hand, thinks of the complete opposite. According to her, the more you write (like with a pen and paper), the more you understand and memorize.

College came around for me and, like I said, almost everything was done electronically. It was going well for me, there were computers around campus so it was easy. I could literally just bring a pen and I would be covered. I thought I could survive like this until graduation, until one subject came that forced me to change perspective. Law. Once I took my law subjects everything changed. I was struggling because you not only needed to understand but also needed to memorize details. To pass, I had to buy a book — a real book — and a yellow pad. And when I got home, I had to read the articles from the book and rewrite them in simpler terms on the yellow pad. That was the only way it worked for me. I was able to get a high grade with a little hard work, old school style.

Thus ended the debate for me. I realized that the new ways are great, easier, and faster; but there are times in life that don’t have shortcuts which sometimes make the old ways better. This was what Jesus meant in the Gospel, there is a time for the new ways and there are times for the old as well.

Prayer
Dear Lord, Thank you for everything you have given us, all the shortcuts to make life easier for us. Lord, guide us also in life that we may do things the right way.

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