FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Friday after Ash Wednesday
March 3, 2017
WORD of the DAY
Then the disciples of John approached him and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast [much], but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “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. (Matthew 9, 14-15)
Those who encounter Jesus change their life completely. They learn that all revolves around Him and everything should be lived keeping in mind His demands and His interests. Jesus Christ is the fulcrum of existence and the axis on which every daily action turns.
Fasting is to be used as an instrument to help us understand better our creature state and place us in the right position before the Creator. Our fasting is not for ourselves, it is for the Spouse. It is not centered on our ascetical efforts, but is simply our waiting for our Spouse Jesus. If it were for us, we would fall into the presumption of believing ourselves wonderful for having fasted. Instead, our fasting makes us touch our state as limited creatures and shows us even more how far we are from the One who is our joy.
Lord, my heart often cries. The weight of sin saddens me. The monotony of the day weakens my zeal. Help me to resist the suggestions of evil and preserve in me the intimate joy of Your presence.
The voice of Enzo Bianchi
When we fast, we are pushed to discern the quality of our actions, the consequences of our acts; the violence we put into our relationships. For the Christian then, it is the confession of faith made with the body; a pedagogy that brings the totality of the person to the adoration of God.