Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:14-15
A very important element of the Lenten season is becoming aware of, not only the sufferings and sacrifice of Christ, but also the sufferings of others. Between now and Good Friday, choose one way you can increase your giving to those in need. It could be through extra financial offerings, donating goods you no longer need, or increasing your personal time commitment to prayer. An Italian proverb says, “Who fasts, but does no other good, saves his bread but goes to Hell.” During this Lenten fast for righteousness, the hunger pangs that come with it is overcome with the yearning for intimacy and not mere cravings for temporal goods. Child of God, we are the bride of Christ, we must take no other lover. We are called to hunger and thirst for righteousness and for His presence. We are called to be faithful to our husband, our King.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will counsel our hearts and woo them back to Jesus our first Love. This marriage is forever, eternal and ever binding to the heart of Almighty God. Brethren, there is no room for indiscretion or adultery. We must endeavour to reconcile with Jesus our first love during this Lent. We the brides must prepare ourselves for our Beloved’s return. We must forsake all else, and stick to Jesus alone.
We must hunger for Him. We must love Him more than anyone or anything. I encourage you to run into His chamber and seek Him with desperation. Commit the fasting unto the Lord and seek after Him. Make it a lifestyle rather than an event in your life. Follow His lead as to how and what to fast for.
I do believe in fasting for breakthrough, direction and many other things. I have done it and tasted of the fruit from it in my own life. More importantly, fasting is a powerful aspect of our relationship with the Lord and it should not be abandoned or avoided. When we deny the call to greater intimacy, we deny Him full access into our lives. Jesus the Bridegroom desires to be intimate with us, His bride, so that we can truly be one with Him. Choosing Him is trading all that we are for all that He is. Choose to consecrate yourself unto Him by fasting and saying, “I do” to the great I AM.
MASS: VIOLET Deut 30:15-20; Ps 1:1-2. 3. 4. 6 (R.40:5ab); Accl. 4:17; Lk 9: 22-25
1. Lord, during this Lenten season, nourish me with Your Word of life and make me one with You in love and prayer. Fill my heart with Your love and keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ. Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness. Help me to pass from my old life of sin to the new life of grace. Amen
Exercise: Pray the “Divine Mercy Rosary”
Meditation: Philippians 3:10-11.