Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Jesus Makes Everything New. Second Week Ordinary Time


Breakfast with the Word Monday Second Week Ordinary Time of The Year


 Mark 2:18-22. 


In the gospel of today, some people came to Jesus to ask the reason His disciples do not fast while the disciples of John and the Pharisees fast. 



Jesus answers that as long as the bridegroom is with them, they cannot fast unless the bridegroom is taken away from them. 


Jesus says that it is very absurd for one to sew a piece of an unshrunk cloth to an old garment otherwise the new piece of cloth will tear away from the old making the worse tear, and no one pours new wine into an old wineskin. It will ruin both the wine and wineskin. 



In essence, Jesus is talking about himself. He has come to make everything new, so, there is no need to dwell again on the past. So, Jesus makes everything new.



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The Reason



The point here is that the Pharisees and the disciples of John fast because they are longing for the day God will remember Israel again through the coming of the Messiah. 



Therefore, they fast so that God will restore Israel again. In essence, Jesus is using this avenue to declare himself as the bridegroom they are waiting for. Therefore, with His coming, there is no need to fast again. 




When the disciples would fast again would be when the bridegroom is taken away from them in preparation for His second coming. 



The Pharisees and disciples of John fast in mourning because they are yet to believe that God’s promise had been fulfilled through Jesus Christ.  



So, with the advent of Jesus, they do not know that what they are expecting is already there. They do not know that what they are fasting for is already here with them. 

So, Jesus makes everything new. With Jesus, old things have passed away, and the new things are here. 



So, with the coming of Jesus, new things have come. Therefore, It is no longer a focus on how they fast. Now it is a relationship with the Lord. 

Therefore, this is the time to focus on the Lord than on themselves and their forms of piety. 




 Jesus is the Fulfillment of the Law.



In the Old Testament, the mosaic law was the determinant of how holy someone is. 


Everything the Jews do is determined when they follow strictly what the law says. An average Pharisee fasts twice a week ( Luke 18:12).



Hence, they think and believe that salvation seems to be from what they do. This is the reason they are proud of their self-righteousness. 



Fasting at that time was a sign of true piety. So, the people who were asking this question are doing so because they do not see any evidence of the true piety prominent among the pious leaders at that time in the disciples.




Before, they accused Jesus of drinking and eating with sinners and now is the issue of fasting.  

So, for Jesus, His presence is a sign of joy and not that of mourning as evidenced by the pharisaic fasting. 



A bridegroom indicates the possibility of a feast. So to fast during a time of great joy and festivity would be unthinkable.



So, instead of mourning, the coming of Jesus brings joy, favour, salvation, and open doors. With Jesus, spirituality is no longer determined by outward expression or by how much we fast but by being a true disciple of Jesus, being close and connected with the Lord. This is when we would have true inner joy. 




It is no longer how far we keep the law, but how close we are to Jesus. By being close to Him, doing what God demands hence becomes our way of life rather than a burden. 



 Old Things have passed away



In the two parables of the new cloth and new wine, Jesus is saying that patching an old garment with new cloth is just as inappropriate as fasting at a wedding feast. 



A wedding, new wine, and a new garment are all symbols of the new things Jesus comes to bring. 

Therefore, going back to the old way of depending on the law, and outward expression of spirituality have given way to mercy, love, grace and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which hence come with the coming of Jesus. 




So in Jesus, the mercy and love of God have taken precedence over the burden that comes with the keeping of the Law. 



What God requires from us is to be close to Him. Therefore, this is the time to focus our attention on the Lord than our outward spirituality. 

It is no longer how far you have fasted and paid tithes but how sincerely close, you are to God.

It is no longer how far we claim to be holy or how many times we fast every day but how sincere is our holiness. Therefore, God needs more of our relationship than pretence.




 Let the Past Go. 



Today, Jesus is also revealing the destructive nature of harbouring the sins, grudges, hurts and events of the past.


Jesus makes everything new, therefore, It is time to be a true disciple of Jesus and let go of the past. 


He will recreate us and make us new creatures again. Allowing ourselves to be always immersed in what happened in the past will always bring problems and failure. In the new year, let us make everything new. 



Forgive the past, forgive even the things you did not do well and gear up for the future. We cannot be in Jesus and continue to dwell in the past. With Jesus, we are new creatures. So, let us free ourselves from the bondage of the past.





May God bless us and give us the grace to remain close to Him. May He be with you today. Amen.



  1. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro. Good day

  2. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen fr

  3. Josephine kanu says


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  6. Ozuruome chiamaka perpetual says

    Mother mary the undoer of knots, through your Powerful intercession, Untie the knots of marital Disappointment from my life . Ozuruome Chiamaka perpetual. Thank you.

  7. Imegwu Michael Nkechi says

    Thank you Lord

  8. Sylvia Adibe says


  9. Mary Chioma Nwauzu says

    May God give me the grace to be close to him and Seve Him genuinely in Jesus name. Amen

  10. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  11. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    God forgive my sins and let the past be buried in the past in jesus ame 🙏.

  12. Charles Ndubuisi Ezeji says


  13. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  14. Leah Uchechukwu says


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  17. Okonkwo onyinye says


  18. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for extending your love by feeding me daily with your word. Lord, I really appreciate.

  19. Lilian Udogadi says


  20. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!
    Thank You Jesus for Your Words this morning. I am blessed.
    To the writer, God bless and replenish you, Amen.

  21. David Sunday Edore says


  22. Jane chuks says

    Amen 🙌

  23. Blessing Salifu says

    Amen 🙏 🙏 🙏

  24. Eze Juliana Nkechi says


  25. Danny Hansel says

    May God give me the grace and strength to get read of my past.

  26. Udemezue Martina Mary says


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  28. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen brother and same to you.
    Good morning.

  29. Angela Ekere says


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  34. Regina Ajua Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you Father.

  35. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  36. Ogechi Anugwom says


  37. Dr.Julie says

    Amen. May God give me the Grace to do His will always.

  38. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

  39. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says


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  41. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks brother

  42. Ibeawuchi Monica says


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  44. Chinyere Ezemelue says



    Amen. Thank you Father for this wonderful reflection, remain blessed!

  46. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


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  49. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen 🙏

  50. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  51. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏.

  52. IKPO Maryann says


  53. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. God bless you.

  54. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  55. Abuah Judith says

    Amen thanks n more grace

  56. Grace Yina says


  57. Ogechi Oscar says


  58. Awodike Florence says

    Lord give me the Grace to remain close to you and to let go of the Past…
    May God continue to make you Wax strong and stronger….More wins…

  59. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. May the grace of God continue to be sufficient for us. Amen

  60. Theomaris says

    Amen 🙏

  61. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed to the glory of God’s name, Amen

  62. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for reminding me to forget about my old self hence you have came to renew and make my life better. Lord Jesus I say thank you so much.

  63. Ejimmadu Noel says


  64. Abuah Judith says

    amen. thanks brother, more grace

  65. Uc Okey says

    Amem. Thanks padre

  66. Uc Okey says

    Amen. Thanks padre

  67. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Lord, I let go of my past mistakes, hurts, drawbacks, and unbelief. From today strengthen my faith, hope, and love in your grace to make me a better person. Amen

  68. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!

  69. Dr Nick Onyia says

    May we be renewed in the spirit of our minds this new year and beyond, in Jesus mighty name, amen 🙏 Remain richly blessed, fr.

  70. Agina Uchenna says


  71. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    A thunderous Amen. Fr the last paragraph before the benediction I copied it and forwarded it to my brother. Yesterday we visited 3 of us from different father’s, a lot has happened to them especially from the wife side because her mother and her siblings were living with them before, my brother has vowed never to call her mother since last 2 years. The whole family forth him broke his hand and took him to police station. We begged them to forgive each other and move on.

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  72. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen 🙏

  73. Amalu Ebere says

    Amen. May we focus on the Lord and be close to him. May almighty God gives us grace to know the new things and not remember the past and be in good relationship with God always in Jesus name amen.

  74. Ugwu Obianuju G says


  75. Regina Ajua Mobu says


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  77. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen 🙏

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