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A piece of unshrunk cloth

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse" (Mark 2:21).

Before being miraculously healed by God, king Hezekiah said, "I have cut off my life like a weaver who cuts me off from the loom" (Isaiah 38:12). Hezekiah compared his life to a fabric that, once completed, sees the thread cut that holds it attached to the loom.

Speaking to John the Baptist's disciples and the Pharisees, Jesus also compared their life to an old garment and His teaching to a piece of unshrunk cloth. Jesus did not come to patch up our old life with a little piece of new, but to change it completely.