God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son;
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life. John 3:16
A line from today’s Gospel reminds us that life on earth, life as we know it, will end someday. It isn’t a pessimistic proclamation. It is the truth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s the end for us. Our souls will live on in eternity. Our belief in Jesus Christ and how we have lived our lives will determine the place we shall spend eternal life.
If we are faithful to God, we will have eternal life in heaven. Jesus showed us by His example that we should fast. He showed us through Scripture that only prayer with fasting will cast out some demons.
Fasting helps us to be faithful to God. But it also gives us an opportunity to help others. Have you ever felt helpless in the face of all the wars, terrorism, destruction, evil that permeates our world? Fasting allows us to be like the Good Samaritan and pray and fast for all those in need, as well as praying and fasting for all those who are perpetuating the evil. Fasting is so powerful that there have been many miracles attributed to prayer and fasting. Our practice of fasting may not always be perfect, but we are trying and God appreciates our efforts.
We shall not die. We shall live in eternity with Him.
Let us pray and fast for all those who are living an immoral lifestyle, that they have a conversion of heart. Let us pray and fast for terrorists and murderers, that they have a conversion of heart. Let us pray and fast for all the community prayer intentions.
Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!