Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011816.cfm
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to Jesus 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. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
Our bridegroom is always with us, but not in the physical realm, this is why we fast now. We fast so we remember what He did for us. We fast to remind ourselves that we are not in His presence yet and the hope that someday we will be. Do you fast? What can you give up for Jesus?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I do not fast as I should. Help me to remember your sacrifice and give back something to you in gratitude. In Jesus’ holy name I ask for this grace, Amen.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.