When it was evening,
he reclined at table with the Twelve.
And while they were eating, he said,
“Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Deeply distressed at this,
they began to say to him one after another,
“Surely it is not I, Lord?” Matt 26:20
When Jesus tells his apostles that one of them will betray Him, all of them deny it. After all, they love Jesus. Most of them couldn’t fathom betraying Jesus.
We love Jesus too. If we were there at that table, we would also be denying that we would betray Jesus.
But we do betray Jesus, sometimes on a daily basis. Every time we sin, we betray Him. And yet Christ died for our sins. He suffered an agonizing death and He did so for every human being ever created.
In our sinfulness, we become selfish. We sin because it’s easier to give in to temptation than to resist it. This is where fasting is essential. If we have fallen into the same sort of sin or are addicted, fasting can help free us from these sins and addictions. Here at Live the Fast, we have recently numerous emails from people who, through fasting, have been able to free themselves from addictions.
Why? Fasting gives us practice at temperance. Fasting helps us to distinguish between a want and a need. Fasting helps us to increase in virtue. Virtues that are practiced on a regular basis become easier. And since fasting invites the Holy Spirit into our hearts and souls, we can receive abundant graces to resist temptations. Fasting helps us to stay faithful to Jesus.
As we approach the Triduum, let us remember that Lent is not yet over. We’re in the homestretch, but this is where all of our hard work throughout Lent, our self-denial, prayer and fasting come to fruition.
Let us pray and fast for all the community intentions, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!