Lenten Devotionals Week Three

Week three of Lent I am going to go over fasting.

Scripture shows us multiple examples of fasting, but Lent. in particular. represents the 40 days Christ spent fasting before entering into public ministry.

The Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4: 1-11)
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry.
3 The tempter approached and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread."
4 He said in reply, "It is written: 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'"
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
6 and said to him, "If you are the Song of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He will command his angels concerning you' and 'with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"
7 Jesus answered him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.'"
8 Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
9 and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me."
10 At this, Jesus said to him, "Get away, Satan! It is written: 'The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'"
11 Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.

Teaching about Fasting (Matthew 6: 16-18)
16 "When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
18 so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.

Daniel 10: 2-3 reads
2 In those days, I, Daniel, mourned three full weeks.
3 I ate no savory food, took no meat or wine, and did not anoint myself at all until the end of the three weeks.

Today, as Catholics, we fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and refrain from meat and overindulging on the other Fridays of Lent. We do this because We fast in remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary. It is a time of preparation before Easter, and the memorial of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Posted: 3/9/2020 12:30:20 AM