Don’t Be Sad
Today’s High School Lenten Reflection:
The disciples of John approached Jesus 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.”
What is the Gospel telling us?
Fasting is a sign of mourning and would be as inappropriate at this time of joy, when Jesus is proclaiming the kingdom, as it would be at a marriage feast. Yet the saying looks forward to the time when Jesus will no longer be with the disciples visibly, the time of Matthew’s church. Then they will fast: see Didache 8:1.
Take a moment and think about what you can do for yourself and others. You will run across people in your life that may not be doing the good work that you are trying to do. Their time will come, they will realize that something will cause them to fast. Simply sacrificing something small can have a bigger impact for others in need. For example, if you decide you get coffee too much and you are going to give that up for Lent, you are saving money for yourself. With that money you planned on spending, anyway, why don’t you take that money and save it as a donation for a charity? Your small sacrifice can be used to make someone else who may need your kindness, have a much better life.
Class of 2022
You can find podcasts, homilies and more on this website. The reflections are provided by students at Christian Brothers College High School. The readings of the day can be found on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In addition to the Confessions of Saint Augustine, the Friar Book Club is reading the Meditations for the Time of Retreat by Saint John Baptist de la Salle. If you have intentions you wish to have prayed for, you can do so on this website.