In the time of Lent, it is important to remember the significance of fasting. As Catholics we withdraw and fast during the time of Lent just as Jesus did for 40 days. When we fast during Lent we pay respects for the remarkable things Jesus did during the time of his withdrawal during his 40 days in the desert, and for his sacrifice on the Cross. It is important to be respectful and to partake in the fasting during Lent to show our respect to Jesus Christ.
The first reading from Mass today is all about the challenge of living the Christian life. Authentic Christianity is about being a member of the body of Christ in a way that witnesses to all our care for others. The deeper we can place our faith in the Jesus who saves, the more our own struggles become manageable. It is not that we should not work on our own struggles, but we should do so by realizing we have Jesus really present in our lives. Turn toward others, and you will meet the Christ.
Isaiah, often the mouthpiece for God, was a man of innovation. He challenged people to think in a new way about an old covenant. Today he takes the concept of fasting, and builds on the connection between fasting for God, and the attention service God’s people demands. Jesus is asked about why his disciples do not fast. He essentially says there is a right time for everything. Knowing how to respond to God by reading the signs of the times and the signs of our faith, now is the time to fast.
We have been made by God in a way that makes us different from any other creature here on earth. We are made in God’s image and likeness. Today’s novena prayer focuses on how we need to allow God to make us more like him in grace.
Be sure to check out all the resources The DePorres Pages has for Lent. Today’s Prayer, High School Lenten Reflections, Homilies, Going Behind the Word, The Catholic Schoolhouse and Commentary. You can also Ask for Prayer and Pray for Others. On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, the Church begins the season of Lent. It is a…