Journey through Lent – Episode 5: What is Fasting ?

Have you ever struggled with these questions?

What is fasting?
How different is Christian fasting from others?
What is the purpose of fasting?

REFLECT:
What is Jewish fasting?

Jewish fasting stems from the tradition of Yom Kippur, a mandatory day of fast required by law, but also includes Tuesday and Thursday as days of private fasting.

Is there difference between Jewish and Christian fasting?

Catholic fasting which finds its origin through the tradition of St. Benedict
also places before us an invitation to go beyond Lent – to see fasting as an ‘ongoing’ spiritual discipline in our journey.

What is the difference between fasting and abstinence?

Christian fasting is an opportunity to remember the Cross. Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays allows us to join Christ in His Suffering, while we look forward to His Glory.
Even while in Lent, the church invites us ‘not’ to fast on Sundays, to celebrate and commemorate the resurrection of Christ.

What is the purpose of fasting?

Fasting is principally intended to define what pertains to the quantity of food allowed on days of fasting, while abstinence refers to the giving up of interests.

The sacrifice of fasting during lent allows us to ponder and appreciate
God – who is the Giver of every good and perfect gift! We discover His goodness and return His love.

RESPOND:
When the pleasure we withhold in our sacrifice is offered to the less fortunate, we discover the joy of loving our neighbour in Lent.

When the pleasure we withhold in our sacrifice is offered to the less fortunate, we discover the joy of loving our neighbour in Lent.

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