The Superiority Of The New – Old Cloth

Extract: When John the Baptist’s disciples asked Jesus why they and the Pharisees fasted often but His disciples didn’t, he replied, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse”... (Matthew 9:16)

Thought: New (unshrunk) cloth is much stronger than old so, if new cloth is used to patch an old garment, as it is stretched and pulled, it’s likely to quickly tear at the point of stitching.
Jesus was being prudent and cautious with his new group of disciples, waiting until they understood his teachings and were transformed, before expecting them to fast.

Reflection: God our Father, grant me the wisdom to put others who are wiser and stronger than myself at the helm, and guide me in humble support as a pillar of love to all.

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