Second Week in Ordinary Time

Pharisees and scribes served as taskmasters, insisting that people obey a long list of rules. Along came Jesus. The Lord pointed out that using new, unshrunken fabric to patch an old cloak would pull at the tear. Fermentation stretches even the tough leather of a wineskin, and new wine would burst an old skin. Religious leaders felt their hold weakening. Like a groom who wanted people to celebrate at the wedding feast, Jesus said that His disciples would fast later. Seeing a man with a withered hand in the synagogue, Jesus left Pharisees speechless by asking if the law allowed doing something good on the Sabbath. To onlookers, it seemed crazy for Jesus to even try to keep up with the demands that crowds placed on Him. When we feel torn or overwhelmed, why not try a new, simple prayer?