February 16, 2018/ Friday
Gospel: Matthew 9:14-15
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answers “When the bridegroom is taken away, then they will fast.”
Fasting is a way of penance, a way of cleansing the mind and body, a way of disciplining ourselves, with all humility as an offering to God. Fasting is good for the body, since it is given time to clean up the toxins,(a way of detoxing) and give rest to the heavy eating we did during the holidays. Eat like a pauper, they say; exercise restraint in our wants and needs, and train the mind over appetite. Maybe it’s about time we do something about our weight...Fast for 40 days, not just on Fridays ....
So during this Lent, let’s do it for Jesus!! We want to look good and feel good when He comes in Easter....fasting on harsh words and thoughts, instead give more praises and kind words; rising earlier to do more chores; smiling through discomfort...finding joy in inconvenience and giving up on the sugar. Amen.