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New Wine Skins

A piece of Imaginative Contemplation on
Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22, and Luke 5:37

This is an example of imaginative contemplation based on the
Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Presentation: This can be read as a ‘disembodied voice’ perhaps with one or
more images or words as a visual focus or just over some background music

Uses: This passage links with the lectionary, but it can also be used at the
beginning of a new calendar or connexional year. It is an illustration of our
need to reconsider our where we are on a spiritual journey, and or whether
we need to change direction or our approach.

The first thing I can remember is the workshop, but it seems a long time ago now. It
was early September I think. I was in a large room with three or four people working
there. And there were lots more like me, animal skins being prepared, worked on or
finished off. We became clothes, shoes, bags and all kinds of things.

I don’t know how much you know about goat skins like me, but we’re rather special you
know. Not just any old hide gets made into a wineskin. We have an important job to do.
I know all you lot – you don’t like to waste a drop!

So there I was - finished, my rough, hairy exterior concealing my smoother side. From
the workshop I was taken to the Hebron Wine Company’s main vineyard. They were
known up and down the land for their fine wine made from the grapes grown on those


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