Why Do We Fast?
From the reading, apparently Jesus wasn’t the biggest fan of fasting, but we are asked to do it anyway now that he’s ascended to Heaven. Why is it important that we do it?
Fasting increases our discipline and focuses our devotion! Father Barron’s reflections recall the neat comparison the urge for food and drink to the problem of nettlesome children! These urges, like a problem-child, tend in their persistence to dominate our concerns. Unless we enforce discipline, they will run the show!
Fasting helps us achieve discipline over these rebellious urges, towards the proper functioning of our souls. We are more fully capable of devotion through this!
The the followers of John the Baptist came to Jesus asking, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don’t fast at all?”
Jesus answered, “Do you expect the guests at a wedding party to be sad as long as the bridegroom is with them? Of course not! But the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”