To Fast or not to Fast?

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In the Gospel reading today, Jesus’ disciples were questioned because the disciples of
John and the Pharisees were fasting and they were not. This is an invitation for me to look at the deeper meaning of fasting.
One of the topics that we had in our Conversion class was the discipline of fasting and it
made me reflect on the deeper meaning of fasting. There were two things that I learned from that chapter which was written by Mr. Richard Foster – that fasting is a way to pray and listen more.
Through fasting, I am being led to a deeper relationship with God. Through prayer, our
constant communication with God, and fasting from food and other worldly goods, our own relationship with God gets deeper. Fasting also enables me to listen more to the voice of God.
Sometimes because of the things that we do, our busy schedule; the many people that we
interact with, we have the tendency to not to hear the voice of God. That is why, being able to stop for a while and being able to be silent helps me to be more sensitive.
As a priest-in-process, the invitation to me is to be able to look at fasting in a deeper
sense. It is not just a tradition or practice but a way for me to develop a deeper relationship with God through prayer and silence.

By  Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan

THE GOSPEL TODAY

MK 2:18-22

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.
People came to Jesus and objected,
“Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them,
“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.
If he does, its fullness pulls away,
the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”

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