Friday, February 12th , 2016
Saint Matthew 9:14-15.
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."
We fast so that we may come even closer to Christ, our Savior. As we continue to embark upon our Lenten journey, we place ourselves in a time of sacrifice; a time that represents the Ultimate Sacrifice. Yes, we have reason to celebrate our closeness with the Lord. But this is now the time to recognize that we have sinned through our own faults, in our thoughts and in our words, in what we have done, and what we have failed to do. It is the time to recognize the agony Christ went through, so that we may have life.
We give up food. We might give up Facebook. We give up all sorts of stuff. But none of it comes even remotely close to what Jesus gave up—His life. May we this Lenten season continue to fast, so that we may indeed recognize all that Christ went through for our salvation. May we grow closer in him.
Almighty and tender Shepherd, I thank you for loving me so much that you hear my prayers. I believe that Jesus' presence means joy for my life. Give me strength, courage, and joy so that I can face the challenges of this waiting time with faithfulness. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.