United States Conference of Secular institutes


St. Maria Goretti

Matthew 9:14-17

The parables of the patch and the new wine apply not only to fasting but to the relationship of Jesus and Judaism. He refused to pour new wine into the old wineskins of established religion. Jesus’ concern was that we find new life together with one another and under the rule of God. The point being that the skins only serve to conserve the wine and are not an end in themselves. They may be changed as required. The church needs forms but also the freedom to develop new ones.