Friday after Ash Wednesday
Memorial Feast: Saint Casimir (1458-+1484) Patron Saint of Lithuania
Isaiah 58:1-9a, Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19, & Matthew 9:14-15
In today's brief Gospel account, John's disciples come to Jesus and ask Him why He and His disciples do not fast as John and the Pharisees do. Our Lord does not answer their question directly. Instead, He uses the analogy of a wedding, telling them that the guests do not mourn while the bridegroom is still in their presence. Rather, the time for fasting is when the bridegroom is "taken away from them." Then, it is time for fasting.
Jesus is speaking of fasting as a way of mourning. Mostly, when we think of fasting, we equate it with "giving up" something, such as choosing not to snack during the day. Or perhaps, we add a spiritual discipline to our days, such as taking more time for prayer or going to adoration. Not all of these are ways of mourning, but they are excellent disciplines that may help us become better individuals and followers of Christ.
We all realize that it is easy to make Lenten resolutions, but they are not as easy to keep. The gift is having another day to make an effort.
Question of the Day: What discipline will you choose today?
Prayer: "A heart contrite and humbled, O you will not spurn." (Psalm 51)