Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Matt 11:28-30
The weeks before Christmas can become quite hectic and busy. Our prayer life can possibly suffer if we are focusing too much on buying gifts and attending Christmas parties. This is where fasting can become a valuable spiritual tool during Advent. Fasting helps us to focus on the spiritual. Fasting invites the Holy Spirit into our hearts and souls. The self-denial of fasting is essential during this season where our secular society begins celebrating Christmas even before Advent begins.
If you are stressed from the busyness of the weeks leading up to Christmas and feeling “burdened,” Jesus will truly give us rest. Taking time out and going to Adoration and/or attending Mass and/or visiting the sick and elderly are all ways that Jesus can truly give us rest. But fasting is also a way to give our souls rest. Fasting helps to give our bodies a break from constant eating, but it is a great way to nurture one’s soul because it helps us to grow in virtue and patience and invites the Holy Spirit into our souls.
Today, let us pray and fast for all the community prayer intentions, for the sick and elderly and for peace and serenity during this busy time of year.
Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray! St. Lucy, pray for us!