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Liturgical day: Friday after Ash Wednesday

Gospel text (Mt 9,14-15): The disciples of John came to Jesus with the question, «How is it that we and the Pharisees fast on many occasions, but not your disciples?». The disciples of John came to Jesus with the question, «How is it that we and the Pharisees fast on many occasions, but not your disciples?». Jesus answered them, «How can you expect the wedding guests to mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? Time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, then they will fast».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today we speak about “fasting”. And what is it about? To eat and drink less of what I would like to. And, why is that? To offer God a little self-denial, a little sacrifice. This way we, too, have our little ascent to the Cross of Jesus. Further, do not forget: “the happier your belly the more asleep your soul”.

-The best fasting is “the fasting of my will”: that is to say, to stop being whimsical, to obey when I am asked to do something, to listen to others, to renounce to some of my plans so as to adapt to the preference of others…