Feasting and Fasting - Heather Cowie

February 17, 2008

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryTimes of plenty and times of tightening our belts, how we respond is what makes the difference.

“We celebrate in feasting as a way of remembering the
beauty of creation, the work of the Spirit, and the
incarnation of Jesus.”
L. Shannon Jung

“Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting.
Some people came and asked Jesus, ‘How is it that
John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees
are fasting, but yours are not?’
Jesus answered, ‘How can the guests of the bridegroom
fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as
they have him with them. But the time will come when
the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that
day they will fast.’”
Mark 2: 18-20

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to
loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of
the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every
yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when
you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away
from your own flesh and blood?”
Isaiah 58:6,7

“Fasting is cleansing. It cleans out our bodies. It
lays bare our souls. It leads us into the arms of the
One for whom we hunger. In the Divine Arms we become
less demanding and more like the One who holds us.
Then we experience new hungers. We hunger and thirst
for justice, for goodness and holiness. We hunger for
what is right. We hunger to be saints.
Most of us are not nearly hungry enough for the things
that really matter. That’s why it is so good for us
to feel gnawing in our guts. Then we remember why we
are fasting. We remember all the peoples of the world
who have no choice but to go to bed hungry. We
remember how we waste and squander the goods of this
world. We remember what poor stewards of the earth
we have been. We remember that each of us is called
to be bread for the world. Our lives are meant to
nourish. Fasting can lead us to the core of our being
and make us more nourishing for others.”
Macrina Wiederkehr

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