New Wine

New Wine

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
Readings: Col 1:15-20; PS 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5; Lk 5:33-39
Notes: Today is a day of mixed feelings. I am pro-life in the non-political way.

As the Lord would have us be – supporting women who are at a crisis – because the power of coercion has some effect but also has extreme counter effects to the detriment of all.

Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the first (Lk 11:26).

Today will be my twelveth post in some way regarding abortion (12 of 456).

There are 7 Documents on the topic as well found on the Teaching Page:

  • A New Look at the Viability Rule
  • Abortion-Grid
  • Baptism and Chaos
  • DOMA
  • Horizons
  • Mother or Madness
  • Rejoice

Saint Gregory the Great was a protector of the helpless, purifier of the clergy and defender of the faith. He would have applied a different strategy than today.

If you haven’t figured it out, I like the Franciscans style of remembering:

First reading
Any work we do must be subordinate to and get its power from the healing power of God which is mercy and forgiveness.

through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the Blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Responsorial Psalm
Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.
For he is good,
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.

Alleluia Verse
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.

Gospel Portion
Let us see a new way. Let us partake of the new wine or mercy and forgiveness.

I have advocated and practice giving women in crisis resources to reorder their lives in the hope of their seeing their higher horizon. Stipends range from $25 to $10,000, Uber cash, food and rental assistance are among the tools of compassion. We don’t coerce women. We help them regain their autonomy and dignity. The outcomes are very positive.

Texas has gone full on: posse comitatus.

If a claimant in an S.B. 8 case prevails, they are entitled to (1) “injunctive relief
sufficient to prevent” future violations; (2) without any showing of harm, an award of “statutory
damages” of at least $10,000 per abortion, with no apparent maximum amount; and (3) their costs
and attorney’s fees. In effect, S.B. 8 places a bounty on people who provide or aid abortions,
inviting random strangers to sue them.

Compassion versus Law.

And he also told them a parable.
“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, ‘The old is good.’”

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

One thought on “New Wine

  1. Analogy of Ends Don’t Justify Means.

    Imagine we have three boats and three captains.
    Each has a capacity to save peoples lives that are in danger.

    The first boat captain slams into the dock causing immense damage to the dock itself rendering it useless. He was able to save a few and departed.

    The next two captains and their ships have nowhere to dock their boats. The pier and dock are destroyed. They are unable to reach the people to save them.

    It cannot be that any strategy is a good strategy.


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