During the homily at morning Mass today at St. John the Evangelist Church in Manhattan, the priest said that Lent is about both “fasting and feasting.” Yes, you read correctly, he said that there is another side of the fasting that Catholics do during Lent, and it is all about spiritual feasting.
He referred to First Reading from Isaiah 58:1-9.
“This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”
This was an aspect of Lent that I never heard discussed in such a simple to understand way – while we fast from things as a personal sacrifice to the Lord, we should also do things that feed our soul through our thoughts and actions.
I like the sound of that kind of Lenten practice.
Have you given up anything for Lent? What about doing something extra, like reading a spiritual book, or doing an act of kindness? Please share how you fast, and feast, during this holy season. Maybe others will be inspired to follow in your footsteps!