Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090216.cfm
The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.” Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” And he also told them a parable. “No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”
And so we fast. Our bridegroom is here, but not physically. We eat and drink but know when we are to fast, when we are to remember that Our Lord is not here in body. When we fast, we do so in His memory, we do it to remind ourselves of who He is and what He means to us. We fast to enter into His suffering. Fasting is hard, but must be done. How do you fast?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I do not fast as I should. Giving up something for you should be easy since I love you so much. But it is hard, so I ask Lord for your help and guidance to sacrifice for you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.