Time for Fasting
Do you ever take time to fast, to give up some form of food in order to eat healthier, maybe give up some form of activity, live watching television, in order to do more things that will engage your brain? When we think of giving something up, one of the big traditional practices for Lent, we always either brag about what our goal is, or are glum at the thought of what we've given up. Why is this the case? The true goal of fasting is to give up, so to make room for more fruitful activities, a deeper focus. As we start to think of what we plan to do for Lent this year, try to think of something meaningful to give up, so that you can fill this gap with more time to grow in your faith. Make it an experience that leaves an impact on your life! How are you planning to fast this season, and will giving this up have a growing impact on developing your relationship with God?
Today's Gospel states:'And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth." And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God"' (Mark 10:17-27).
Today's reading talks about how even those who live a life of faith, obeying the rules and attending mass, still hold too many attachments to the world. Our whole belief is about making God's Kingdom present on earth, a Kingdom where earthly treasures will not come with us. If you have something that you can't seem to live without in your day, like television, playing video games, perhaps this is something you should try to give up in your time of fasting. For myself, it's taking too much social media and homework time before willing myself to go to bed. My challenge is to go to bed in order to get more sleep, so that I can fully be the person God wants me to be each day, and have the energy to do so. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you work on fasting, so to grow more in relationship with Him.
Today we pray:
Thank You for all that you've given me in my life. Please help me to work on fasting, giving up the things that fill my time, so to have more time to grow in relationship with You.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.