FASTING IN LOVE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
Readings: Isa 58:1-9a; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19 (R.v.19bc); Matt 9:14-15
As we continue our Lenten observances, Jesus encourages us to focus on him as the reason and guide of all we do. His response to the question on why his disciples are not joining the crowd to fast says that much; the presence of the bridegroom determines the nature of fasting (cf. Matt 9:14-15).
In that case, since Jesus is God (John 1:1; Phil 2:6) and God is love (1 John 4:16), all that we do at this time must be borne out of love – love of God and love of man. On Wednesday, we already talked about doing our observances in secret for the sake of Gos who sees what is done in secret. Today, our attention is drawn to the love of others.
While we fast, we must also make good effort to see that we further the loving project among men. His project is for the liberation and progress of others (cf. Luke 4:18-19). We too must join in that project for our observances to be meaningful (cf. Isa 58:6).
Again, our fasting and abstinence should make us better persons in our relationship with God and man. May Jesus himself help us to remain focused to his call to be better persons, creating a better world that foster love and peace, amen.
I wish you a great day with the Lord. It is well with you.