Father Alex Yeung, LC
disciples of John approached Jesus and said, "Why do
we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do
not fast?" Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests
mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken
away from them, and then they will fast."
Prayer: Lord, you know how much I need you and
depend on you for everything. You know my weakness
and my faults. I put all my confidence in
your love and mercy. I wish to trust in your
power, your promise, and your grace every day. Today
I intend, with your help, to follow you along
the way of the cross with love and generosity so
as to draw close to you.
let me learn to embrace sacrifice as the way of
reparation and purification.
1. Sharing in Christ’s Sufferings: Jesus
said the time would come when his disciples would
fast. Now that the Lord has returned in glory
to the Father, it is up to us to continue
the work of salvation, “what is lacking in Christ´s
afflictions for the sake of his body, that is,
the church” (Colossians 1:24), as St. Paul says. We
join our sacrifice to that of Jesus in order to
imitate him and bring grace to ourselves and to
others. Every Christian life must incorporate a healthy spirit
of sacrifice and self-denial.
2. Physical and Spiritual Hunger: The
hunger we experience when we fast is a symbol
of the deeper spiritual hunger we should feel for
God and for heaven. This world often makes us all
too comfortable, and we easily forget that this is
not our true home. We are pilgrims traveling through
a foreign land, far from our final resting place.
Fasting reminds us of the longing a traveler has to
reach his destination safely and finally to rejoice in
being home for good. The true Christian looks forward
with hope toward heaven, where he will rest with God
forever in true happiness. He knows that all the
good things this world offers are only shadows of
the wonderful things God has planned for those who love
him (cf. Romans 8:28).
3. Thirst for Souls: From the
cross, Jesus said, “I thirst.” That thirst was for
all people to be reconciled to the Father. It
was a thirst for souls to return to the love
of God and find their way to the heavenly
Kingdom. Voluntary sacrifice and self-denial, if we offer it
for the conversion of the hearts of others, brings
them the grace they need to change and turn back
to God. No one can convert himself, and no
one in serious sin can merit his way to
the grace of God. We need to intercede by means
of our personal prayer and sacrifice to gain others
the supernatural grace they need to overcome their obstacles.
The greatest act of charity we can perform and the
greatest joy we can experience is to bring a
soul back to the Lord. How many souls are waiting
for our prayer and sacrifice?
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, make me generous and joyful in sacrifice, knowing
that sacrifice unites me closer to you and wins the
grace of conversion for so many souls you love
and for whom you died.
Resolution: I will
choose one person I know who needs God’s grace and
offer all my sacrifices today for them.