Reflections on Lent
Why Fasting in Church?
The Christian every day has an inner and outward, spiritual and secular side. It may happen that the demands of everyday life in the family, in work and in the pursuit bind us so that there is no space left on the spiritual side. Man forgets that he is an age-old man.
The Church recalls the basics of the faith. Now we need a greater focus on the one really needed. That is why we will abandon something good, ordinary, and useful things for a while. We give space for prayer, prayer, Bible reading, attendance at the church activities, and loving the loved ones.
Now we are seriously asking ourselves a few important things:
Do I have a chance to reflect on my conscience? How do I select TV programs and web browsing? What does fasting time affect food and drink? Do I take other things into account in prayer? Who can I help?
Jesus said when asked,
28 〈 …〉“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12: 28-31