WORD of the DAY
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
(Mark 2: 18-19)
To the petty, banal questions of the Pharisees, Jesus responds, as usual, in an unsettling way. He calls upon nuptial love that is the best way of expressing our relationship with God “in its explosive force and in its intimate tenderness; in its vital joy and in its overwhelming passion; in its disinterested respect and in its fidelity beyond words”.
Before this spousal perspective, every fast that is simply the voluntary privation of food falls. There remains the fast of expectancy, often from the cross, but certainly illumined by the hope of the embrace, the desired gift for our daily seeking for the Lord Jesus.
Holy Spirit, more intimate to me than I am to myself, guide me in the search for Your beloved Face.
The Voice of Silvano Fausti, Biblist
It is not good to combine the old with the new, the past and present, law and Gospel. We need to have the courage to change, not to combine. The Gospel is insidious for the pre-established equilibriums in us and outside of us. The old has had its usefulness, but now it cedes place to the novelty of the present. The waiting ends in the one expected; the journey is placated in the goal; the motor is quieted in its end. The fast ends and the banquet begins.