March 8, 2019
St. John of God
Strength in Fasting
Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits,
and drive all your laborers.
Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting,
striking with wicked claw.
It's the first Friday of Lent, and here am I, giving up things, fasting and abstaining, just the way I should. Good for me. But here am I also on the same day, standing in the kitchen, irritated and letting the irritation affect others, scoring a point, determined to emerge the victor. In one of his Lenten sermons, St. Leo the Great expressed the challenge and promise of connecting the Lenten fast to the rest of life: [i]"For it is not enough that the substance of our flesh should be reduced, if the strength of the soul be not also developed."[/i]
Jesus, I offer up my emptiness; fill it with your love.
- Amy Welborn
Isaiah 58:1-9|Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19|Matthew 9:14-15