18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; if he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wine skins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins."
Even today there are many Christians live in the Old Testament period looking God as an all-powerful, evoking in them a sense of fear and sometime with reverence. There are moments, in our simplified way, we like to know God in His fullness and the way He does and His reasoning. Today the disciple of John Baptist are confused with the behaviour of the disciples of Jesus. There is a new teaching which doesn’t respect or coherent with the tradition and the law of the society.
Jesus is reminding each and every one of us of such attitude that we hold till today. Many of our prayers are simply the supplications and fail to add in it the basic element of glorifying God. Jesus is asking us to feel the joy of being with the wedding party. Every Christian should feel this joy of being with Christ. Without this feeling of inner joy, our spiritually, though sincere it may be, will fail to achieve the finality.
The newness is in the proximity of God and the simplicity of understanding Him in Jesus. All that we should learn from Jesus is the joy of God being with us and amidst us, in Christ. The essential question that arise in this concept of proximity is, do we feel this proximity with joy and gratitude? Or do we mess-up this with old and new tradition, doing exactly what the law and tradition prescribe to us?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
The presence of the Bridegroom, by Bede the Venerable, 672-735 A.D.
"From the time that the incarnation of our Savior was first promised to the patriarchs, it was always awaited by many upright souls with tears and mourning - until he came. From that time when, after his resurrection, he ascended to heaven, all the hope of the saints hangs upon his return. It was at the time when he was keeping company with humanity that his presence was to be celebrated. Then it would have been unfitting to weep and mourn. For like the bride, she had him with her bodily whom she loved spiritually. Therefore the bridegroom is Christ, the bride is the church, and the friends of the bridegroom (Matthew 9:15, Luke 5:34) and of the marriage are each and every one of his faithful companions. The time of his marriage is that time when, through the mystery of the incarnation, he is joining the holy church to himself (Revelation 19:7). Thus it was not by chance, but for the sake of a certain mystical meaning that he came to a marriage ceremony on earth in the customary fleshly way (John 2:1-12), since he descended from heaven to earth in order to wed the church to himself in spiritual love. His nuptial chamber was the womb of his virgin mother. There God was conjoined with human nature. From there he came forth like a bridegroom to join the church to himself." (excerpt from HOMILIES ON THE GOSPELS 1.14)