“The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

Jesus (in Mt 9:14-15) responds to disciples of John the Baptist as to why His disciples never fast, when John’s disciples and the Pharisees fast often.  Jesus answers them: “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?” (v. 15)  He then concludes with the words above.  This should cause us to reflect on where Christ is missing in our lives.  Should we not make the effort, no matter how difficult, to fast completely from the bad habits that we can’t seem to shake or the “little” vices we allow ourselves?  Emptying ourselves of these things that diminish us allows room to open up and be filled with the grace of Christ.  Remember: It is not “only human” to sin, but rather it is inhumane, affecting us personally as well as the whole Body of Christ, at the head of which is the perfect Man, who we should strive to imitate.  Only after recognizing the need for personal reform, and acting decisively on it, should we then look at society.  Christ is more and more being pushed aside in our country and in the world at large.  Should we not abstain from TV shows, movies, periodicals, events, and gatherings that further the cause of secularization and even paganism?  And might we not employ fasting, at least occasionally, for the cause of bringing Christ back into our culture?  Let us consider what extra we can do, particularly during this special time of preparation the Church has graciously provided us.

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