The following is a guest post by Liam Henning. Follow him on Twitter here.
As we come Into the season of Lent, we begin to see the importance of our Faith. We begin fasting on Ash Wednesday and for forty days, with the exception of Sunday’s, to remind us of Christ’s forty days in the desert. There He was tempted with the world and the flesh by the Devil:
1″Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
‘He will give his angels charge of you,’
‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; 9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written,
‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.” (Matthew 4:1-11)
Satan tempts us in the same manner but, in most cases, we don’t know how to shove the word’s down his throat as Jesus did, with the Word of God. Our response to all challenges should be in God’s Word. We should take this period of fasting and prayer to fast from things which cause us conflict and anger. Social media should be our first fast if it is causing us to be angry, confused or hopeless. We should look at the relationships outside our family. If someone leads you into sin, take a fast from the relationship. Fasting is more than food and drink but anything we need to clean ourselves from. Food is part of it but if give up cake and hold contempt for your brother, what have you gained?
Consider a normal, daily fast of two meals that do not equal one regular meal and one regular meal that is smaller than normal. Remember to pray and read the Bible and if you know about Lectio Davina, practice praying the Scriptures in that fashion. We should also do the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy during this time more than normal. These aesthetic practices will bring us closer to what Christ did during His forty days in the desert.
Let us make this Lent a prayer for the world. Seek the conversion of hearts and bring us closer to the Kingdom of God. Pray for the souls in Purgatory, the lost souls here and the abandoned. May the peace of Christ be with your spirit and have a fruitful Lent.
SOURCE Liam Henning