Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Program
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 35, Issue 2


<< Friday, March 8, 2019 >> St. John of God
 
Isaiah 58:1-9
View Readings
Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19 Matthew 9:14-15
Similar Reflections
 

FASTING FOR GOD AND OTHERS

 
"...not turning your back on your own." —Isaiah 58:7
 

It is possible for our Lenten fasting to have the effect of focusing on ourself. For example, we focus on our hunger pains, our weight loss, our inconvenience, our lightheadedness. Fasting that centers on ourself is not the kind of fasting the Lord wishes (see Is 58:5). Are our days of fasting only leading us to complain to the Lord, "Why do we fast, and You do not see it? afflict ourselves, and You take no note of it?" (Is 58:3) To such fasting, the Lord responds: "Was it really for Me that you fasted?" (Zec 7:5)

God wishes us to fast for His sake and for the sake of others. Scripture shows that our fasting is best used as a weapon for bringing forth the kingdom of God. Our fasting can move mountains (Mt 17:20-21, NAB), set people free from the oppression of Satan's kingdom of darkness (Is 58:6-7), inaugurate explosions of evangelization (Acts 13:2ff), and restore broken families and relationships (Is 58:12).

"Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus" (Heb 12:2), not on our sufferings. Today and throughout Lent, "fast so as to make your voice heard on high!" (Is 58:4)

 
Prayer: Father, others have fasted for me to move me to the point where I am today. May my Lenten fasting move many people, particularly my loved ones, to be set free from the chains that bind them, and set free for Your service.
Promise: "A heart contrite and humbled, O God, You will not spurn." —Ps 51:19
Praise: In his early life, St. John of God turned away from the Lord. But, in his forties, he received God's mercy and spent the rest of his life serving the poor who were ill.
 
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 24, 2018.
 
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 35, Issue 2
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Program
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2019 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy