- Monday, 15 January 2018 -
Monday of the Second week in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 2:18-22.

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to Jesus and objected, "Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins."
Copyright © Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

Odes of Solomon
"The bridegroom is with them"

[Through baptism] I am putting on the love of the Lord (Gal 3:27)... and he loves me. For I should not have known how to love the Lord if he had not continuously loved me... I love the Beloved and my soul loves him. Where his rest is, there also am I (cf. Sg 1:7). And I shall be no foreigner because there is no jealousy with the Lord Most High and Merciful. I have been united to him because the lover has found the Beloved. Because I love him who is the Son, I shall become a son. Indeed, he who is joined to him who is immortal truly will be immortal. And he who delights in the Life will become living. This is the Spirit of the Lord, which is not false, which teaches the sons of men to know his ways. Be wise and understanding and vigilant. Alleluia!

No. 3 (trans. ©James Charlesworth)