Lent 2017

DAY 19: Sunday, March 19th (Midnight Eucharistic Fast until consumption of Holy Communion, followed by feast)

1917 Fast Observance Today: None. Enjoy all three meals, if you’d like.

1917 Eucharistic Fast*: Fasting from midnight from all food and drink, including water, until consumption of Holy Communion, if attending Mass today (rather than the Saturday vigil).

*Applicable to healthy adults between ages of 21-60 (some exemptions exist – see 1917 Fast: The Specifics)

1917 Abstinence Observance Today: None. Enjoy eating meat today, if you’d like.

Potential Prayer: The Sorrowful Mysteries Rosary

Comments of the Day: We restart our fast this week seeking the Living Water Jesus offers in today’s Gospel.  An excerpt from today’s Gospel reading (John 4:13-15):

13 Jesus replied: Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again;

14 but no one who drinks the water that I shall give will ever be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will become a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life.

15 ‘Sir,’ said the woman, ‘give me some of that water, so that I may never be thirsty or come here again to draw water.’

Jesus and living water

IC.XC__ Christ and the Samaritan woman (St Photini) at the well

First, I find it amazing how many parables and stories with Jesus in the New Testament involve food and drink.  From turning the water to wine, to the multiplication of loaves and fish, to the story of the water well, to the wheat and chaff, to the vine, to the Last Supper and finally the Eucharist, and on and on, Jesus is trying to tell us something, repeatedly.   Food and drink do provide sustenance, but also metaphors and symbolism for the true food and true drink that is Jesus and the Body and Blood of Christ.

Our fasting from food and drink helps us focus on this true sustenance.  In the story with the Samaritan woman at the well today, Jesus tells us that He provides the living water that gives us all “eternal life.”

How often it is that we see food and drink as vital to our lives?  In an earthly and bodily sense, it is important for us to have, and it is good for us in many ways, but what is best for us?  What is best is to seek and find the eternal source of all food and drink, Jesus.  He nourishes us and sustains us.  Those partaking in the fast, know this and are hopefully experiencing His nourishment daily.  Fasting reminds us of this primacy. He sustains us, even better than food and drink, on both fast and non-fasting days, if we all but let Him do so.

My prayer this week is to let Jesus take over my daily wants and needs even more so than I ever have and to readily ask Jesus to “give me something to drink” (Jn 4: 10) and eat in the hopes of feasting on the living water and manna He provides.

theotokos of the life giving spring

Icon of The Theotokos Fr. Luke (Rolland) Dingman-living artist

Have a relaxed, prayerful 3rd Sunday of Lent!

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