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Matthew 9:16-17 to Ponder

Matthew 9:16-17 (ESV)
16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.
17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

Do you have any clue what this passage is saying?

It seems so out of place.  It follows a portion where Jesus and His disciples are accused for not fasting like the Pharisees.  Jesus had responded with:

Matthew 9:15 (ESV) “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Does the wineskin portion have anything to do with the fasting and bridegroom?