We fast in order that we might listen to God – Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S

Posted on January 8, 2009. Filed under: catholic, fasting |

Do Christians Fast?

Luke 5:33-39,

Do Christians fast? Yes, but differently. Some may entertain the practice of fasting in order to get God to hear them. We, on the other hand, fast in order that we might listen to God. The striving to gain God’s ear is tantamount to putting a band-aid on a gaping wound, or a new patch on an old wine skin. Getting us to listen is harder work. Then we have to realize that we are a new creation, new wineskins filled with a stunning new wine.

Fasting is only important if it gets us to listen to God, to hunger for God, to thirst for God alone. Fasting form food is nice, but fasting from other pursuits, media, activities, radios, TVs, etc is also important. If we do not hunger for God, we are only depriving our bodies and going hungry. If we hunger for God, he is already there.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S


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