Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son. Acts 16
Fasting invites the Holy Spirit in to our hearts and souls. But how does fasting help us to listen to Jesus’ words? Can we hear God’s voice amidst our daily activities?
God speaks to us in many ways: through Scripture, through prayer, through the Church, through other people, through the trials/tribulations of life, through the Holy Spirit.
In Scripture, Jesus says, “When you fast.” He didn’t say, “If you fast.” It was a given that his followers (and thus Jesus’ present day followers: us!) would fast. When we fast, we are listening to Jesus’ words.
However, what if we can hear God’s voice, but we don’t want to listen? What if we choose not to listen? Making a virtuous choice usually means there is sacrifice involved. The regular self-denial of fasting helps to prepare us for future sacrifices and gives us practice at eating what we need and not what we want.
Our sacrifices, our fasting here on earth has tremendous value and merit. Not only can we join our suffering with Christ’s suffering, we can also offer up our suffering for others, either in purgatory or those living their purgatory on earth. Embracing suffering is not an easy task… but we can do it with God’s grace.
Let’s listen to Jesus. Let’s continue to fast.
Today, let us fast and pray for all the community intentions and for all those suffering in the world.