04 Sep Shed Your Skin (Lk 5:37) by Dr. Rich Reich
“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.” ~ Lk 5:37 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: I often reflect back on my metanoia (change of heart) that I experienced back in 2006 and the events that led to it. The main impetus was my reconciliation with God. By going to confession, I prepared myself with “fresh wineskins,” allowing myself to receive the Holy Spirit. I did not merely clean out my “old wineskins” by going to confession and then returning to my old ways of life. I made a conscious decision to put aside my former way of life, and to put on a new skin (the new nature of Christ). Christianity is not a belief, but a way of life. If you are not prepared to radically change your life after confession, beware. The Holy Spirit will not only see right through you; He will “burst” right through you like new wine through old wineskins. Lord, help me shed my “old wineskins” so that I may contain the new wine of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio..
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