By Fr. Alex Anthony, MSC
The main theme of today’s liturgy is answering the questions on Fasting. The first reading today is from the prophet Isaiah 58:9b-14, which clearly speaks of the difference between how to fast and how not to fast. We need to take a little time to read and meditate on those words today.
In the Gospel (Mt. 9:14-15) we see that the disciples of John were good men, but they were genuinely confused by the way of life of the disciples of Jesus. They just wanted to know why the disciples of Jesus did not fast. The answer of Jesus echoes the message of the Old Testament: “There is a season for everything” (Eccl. 3:1 & 4). There will be no fasting in the presence of the Divine Bridegroom. As the disciples were very close to Jesus the Bridegroom during his time on earth, they were not called to fast. But Jesus added that after His death and return to the Father, his disciples would be called upon to fast. As we are in the season of Lent, the Church invites us to fast on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent, especially on Good Friday. Is my fasting fruitful to me and others? Is it pleasing in the sight of God? Let’s reflect.