On Fasting and Feasting

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MY daily reflection and prayer: Friday, September 5, 2014

“But the days will come; and when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, then will they fast in those days.” (Luke 5:35)

Dear all,
Here is the Gospel proclaimed to us today according to St. Luke 5:33-39.

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 enwind 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 this is the Gospel of the Lord. Thanks be to God

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Let’s contemplate the Gospel with this question: Which one must be done first, fasting or feasting? In all religions and cultures, fasting and feasting are two of the four most important religious duties, along with prayer and almsgiving. Every religion and culture has teaching and rule of it. In the Gospel, Jesus explains that there’s a time for fasting and a time for feasting.

The next question is, when do we must fast? When do we must feast? In my mind, we can do both in all the time of our life. We have a time to fast by which we weep our weakness and sinfulness. We have also a time to feast by which we rejoice and celebrate His love and forgiveness.

According to Jesus word today, as the disciples of Christ, we are called to walk with Him by experiencing a whole new joy of relationship akin to the joy of the wedding party in celebrating with the groom and bride their wedding bliss. We then sing alleluia, praise the Lord, thanks be to God! There will also come a time when we must bear the cross of affliction and purification as His disciples. We then must fast and sing Lord have mercy, forgive us our sins.

In both fasting and feasting, we rejoice in the Lord’s presence and celebrate His goodness and also seek the Lord with humility and express sorrow and contrition for our sins.

We do both well in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist. By Perpetual Adoration, we trust in Jesus who grants us wisdom to make the best use of both fasting and feasting. The important thing is that He wants our minds and hearts to open and ready to receive the Holy Spirit. Let’s be eager to grow in the knowledge and understanding of God’s word and plan for our life.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, fill us with Your Holy Spirit, that we may grow in the knowledge of Your great love and truth. Help us to seek You earnestly in prayer and fasting that we may turn away from sin and willfulness and conform our life more fully to your will. May we always find joy in feasting, celebrating and knowing Your mercy then we love and serve You faithfully, now and forever. Amen.

Girli Kebon Dalem

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