The passage we’ve just heard sums up a key theme of the whole Gospel message. God didn’t humble himself to become a man and die on the Cross just so that he could improve an old product. He didn’t give us his new wine so that we could try to pour it into the “old wineskins” of our lives before him. God became a man in order to transform us, to pour his new wine into the “new wineskins” of the life he wants us to start living. In other words, Jesus didn’t come to make us better people. He came to make us holy.
It’s wonderful to see Our Lord change some area of our lives because we become better people or because some situation in our lives has improved and isn’t so troublesome. These aspects of change are a beautiful part of God’s work. But God doesn’t just want to improve situations for us. He wants to transform us into the people he created us to be in the first place. This means that he wants us to learn how to think as he thinks, how to love what he loves, and how to act as he would act in this world. As Saint Paul told the Christians in Rome: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
Because of sin, our ability to think in godly ways is hindered. But God can renew and restore our minds. This is one of the most important missions of the Holy Spirit. It’s his job to help us put on the mind of Christ, so that we can take up the new life that Our Lord wants to pour into us.
And so today, let us take time to evaluate the way we think. Are there attitudes, prejudices, or predispositions that are holding us back? In our prayer we should tell Our Lord that we want to be made new so that his life can fill us to the brim.