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Matthew [9:14-17] The Question about Fasting Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9,14-17. The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, …More
Matthew [9:14-17] The Question about Fasting

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9,14-17.
The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast."
No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."

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Origen (c.185-253)

priest and theologian
Homilies on Genesis, no. 10, 2

“I will espouse you in fidelity and tenderness” (Hos 2:22)
Rebecca used to come to draw water from the well”, Scripture tells us (Gn 24:16). Every day Rebecca came to the well and every day she drew water. And because she spent time at the well every day, Abraham’s servant was able to find her and give her in marriage to Isaac. Perhaps you are thinking that it’s a question of a story or fine tale told by the Holy Spirit in Scripture? No; the truth is that it consists of a spiritual teaching, an instruction that is addressed to your soul to teach it to come daily to the well of Scripture, the waters of the Holy Spirit, to draw tirelessly from it so as to bring back from them a pitcher filled to the brim. That is what holy Rebecca did; if she had done otherwise she would not have been able to marry the great patriarch, Isaac. (…) Now, everything in Scripture has a symbolical meaning: Christ desires to wed you too. It is you he is talking to in the promise made by the prophets when he says: “I will espouse you to me forever; I will espouse you in fidelity and in mercy, and you shall know the Lord” (cf. Hos 2:21 f.). Therefore, wanting to espouse you to himself, Christ sends you his servant – the inspired word. You cannot wed Christ before you have received it (…). Only those who know how to draw abundant water from the depths of the well (…), who have souls that do everything in patience, who are entirely available, who set themselves to get to the very bottom to draw the waters of understanding: that soul alone can know the marriage feast with Christ.