Their wickedness blinded them,
and they knew not the hidden counsels of God;
neither did they count on a recompense of holiness
nor discern the innocent souls’ reward. Wisdom 2:22
Much of the world is steeped in sin. In fact, much of the world does not believe in objective truth. Relativism is rampant. Relativism says that if I don’t think something is wrong, then it isn’t wrong. Therefore, if I don’t think abortion is wrong, then it’s not wrong. Or…if I don’t think premarital sex and contraception are wrong, then it isn’t wrong.
The problem with relativism is that it’s subjective. The laws of God do not change just because the world thinks they should.
Of course, objective truth and natural law tell us that there is indeed sin. There is good and there is evil. When our opinions begin to shape our lives, we can become even greater slaves to our sins.
Fasting not only wakes us up, but it also opens our eyes to the beauty of self-giving love, self-sacrificial love. Fasting helps us to see truth. When Jesus cured the blind man, that miracle could also be an analogy of Jesus opening our eyes to sin.
Fasting helps us to see that the world does not revolve around us. Fasting opens our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit. Fasting allows us to grow in humility and get rid of pride.
Let us fast and pray for all the community intentions, for all those who are being persecuted and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray.