Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Lent is a spiritual journey to grow more into the likeness of Jesus Christ. We want to let go of those things that hinder our life in Jesus. When we “fast” from those things, we make room in our hearts for the presence of Jesus. If we only do the physical fasting and letting go of negative attitudes, but do not grow and “feast” on Christ’s love, then vain and empty is our fasting. May the following “fast” and “feast” reflections guide us:
Fast from judging others and feast on the presence of Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from ill thoughts and feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute and feast on words that purify.
Fast from discontent and feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger and feast on forgiveness.
Fast from pessimism and feast on optimism.
Fast from worry and feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining and feast on appreciation.
Fast from bitterness and feast on gentleness.
Fast from self-concern and feast on compassion for others.
Fast from hostility and feast on kindness.
Fast from discouragement and feast on hope.
Fast from idle gossip and feast on silence.
Fast from fear and feast on trust and faith.
Fast from resentment and feast on contentment.
Fast from jealousy and feast on love.
Fast from pride and feast on humility.
Fast from selfishness and feast on service.
Fast from feelings of unworthiness and feast on the gracious love of God!
May our fasting this Lent 2018 lead us to the cross of Jesus who died for our sins. May we feast on His love for us in the glory of the Resurrection.
Prayerful Lent! Fr. Pat, C.Ss.R.