Fasting By Jesus And John The Baptist

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

Do you fast? Why?

In Old Testament times, fasting was generally associated with specific liturgical events, times of mourning or times of danger. The suggestion that they used it to humble themselves before God remains close to the reason why we still fast today.

Glass of Water on saucer

John the Baptist fasted to prepare himself for the coming of the Messiah. He lived in the desert, eating only locusts and wild honey; a very austere and challenging existence. (Matthew 3:4)

Jesus fasted as part preparation for his ministry. He “ate nothing,” for forty days and nights, a feat not recommended for even the healthiest among us. (Luke 4:2)

The spiritual disciplines of praying, fasting and charity are practised in many faiths. Restricting food intake for a day, missing a meal, refraining from meats or another variation is considered a penance for personal wrongdoings and goes hand-in-hand with praying and giving to the poor.

Interestingly, the word breakfast means, “breaking a fast”; eating the first meal on the day after fasting. (Matthew 3:4, Luke 4:2)

Thought

In addition to Lent, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, occasional fasting or abstinence from specific foods is encouraged by the Catholic Church. Our wrongdoings have hurt others so, doing penance in return, goes a little way towards renewing our relationship with God.

Hunger for God, rather than food!

Reflection

Lord Jesus, I pray that you delight in my small offering of these three words: “I love you”.

Prayer: Happiness (Mother Teresa)

May there be peace within you today.
May you, trust God, knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you, not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you, use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you, be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let His presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and to bask in the sun.
It is there for each and every one of you.