1917 Fast Observance Today*: Fasting, maximum food intake is one meal, along with two small meal (that together don’t equate to another full meal). No snacking in between and no alcohol consumption today. No high-caloric “drinks” like milkshakes, smoothies, etc.
*Applicable to healthy adults between ages of 21-60 (some exemptions exist – see 1917 Fast: The Specifics)
1917 Abstinence Observance Today**: Partial abstinence, meaning that meat can be eaten only at the principal meal on these days
**Applicable to all age 7 and over.
Potential Prayer(s): The Liturgy of the Hours and the Sorrowful Mysteries Rosary
Potential Fast Intention: For those that betray or disavow God.
Potential Give: Be a witness of your faith to someone struggling with theirs.
Fasting Inspiration of the Day: Matthew 4:1-4 NABRE
The Temptation of Jesus.
1* a Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2b He fasted for forty days and forty nights,* and afterwards he was hungry. 3The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” 4* He said in reply, “It is written:c
‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’”
Comments of the Day: Traditionally, the Church encourages the faithful to fast every Wednesday and Friday; Wednesday because that is seen to be the day that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus and Friday because that is the day the Lord suffered and died for us. However, Wednesday is the day that Judas spies an opportunity to betray Jesus. Judas then commits the actual betrayal of Jesus after leaving the Last Supper on Thursday.
Duccio, Judas Accepts the Bribe, 1308-1311. Siena, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
Tomorrow will focus on the chronology of the Last Supper a bit more, but today, we should work on identifying those inclinations that repel or separate us from the Lord. Those inclinations that we know have led us in the past to sin, either venially or mortally. Let us continue build our spiritual arsenal through fasting, praying and giving, so we can find those inclinations and root them out even more today.
Today is officially the last full day of Lent. Tomorrow evening marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum ,which ends the evening of Easter Sunday. The 1917 fast extends until 12pm on Holy Saturday, so continue to persevere in fasting as best you can until then! God bless!