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Fasting which brings an intimate relationship

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We are to share our bread with hungry, to shelter the oppressed and the homeless, and not to turn our backs on anyone.

FASTING WHICH BRINGS
AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP
We are to share our bread with hungry, to shelter the oppressed and the homeless, and not to turn our backs on anyone.
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
In recent times there has been a new emphasis about Lent. The fact that we are obliged to fast only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday does not mean less self-denial. What is asked of us now is greater self-denial in the form of unselfish love and service of others in the manner described in the First Reading today.
 
God tells us through this lesson that we are to share our bread with hungry, to shelter the oppressed and the homeless, and not to turn our backs on anyone. To be concerned about others, to be aware of their needs - that takes real self-denial. If we are concerned only with our own convenience, our own comfort, our own rights, or even our own perfection, we are not following Jesus. His teaching requires that we go out of ourselves to love and care for others, and that is Jesus' point in today's Gospel.
 
In the law of the Old Testament fasting was required only on the Day of Atonement, but it had become a pious practice among the Jews to fast more often. When Jesus was asked why his disciples did not fast, He said that such mourning was not appropriate since the apostles, (the wedding guests) were in the presence of the bridegroom, (Jesus). Then Jesus spoke of the future, and even of our time. "The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast."
 
Points to Pray and Ponder. Fasting is not for God to notice us, as Isaiah says. Fasting is meant to open our hearts to notice the needs of our neighbor. What kind of fasting are you doing for lent?
 
 
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