the Day of Fasting

Welcome back to our continuing pursuit of the Lord.  Today I would like to begin our reflections by reading a very brief portion of today’s Old Testament reading. 

“Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits,
and drive all your laborers.”

Today is Friday – traditionally a day of fasting and abstinence for members of the Christian community,  because it was on a Friday that Jesus gave his life for his people.  Fasting appears to have some special usefulness in growing closer to God.  But how do we do it?

The above quotation is taken from the prophet Isaiah.  After your visit here, I encourage you to follow the link to your right to review the entire passage in context.  I chose to present this sole sentence to focus on a continual obstacle to our search for Christ – busyness.  We are all wrapped up in our own pursuits.  We each have responsibilities we need to fulfill.  These things direct the course of our day.  Yet even as we go about ouir business (busyness) , there is a gnawing in our hearts telling us something is missing from our lives.  There is too much static, too much information, too many noises covering up the “still, small voice” that will speak to us of truth, love and beauty.  So we are soon swallowed up by our own pursuits,  when we should be preoccupied with the Lord’s pursuits.  You may find yourself immediately thinking that your pursuits and the Lord’s pursuits are vastly different.  Fortunately, this is not the case.  In fact, the Lord’s chief pursuit is YOU.  A close, intimate relationship with YOU.  And if we are focused on the pursuit of God, you can be sure that soon He and us will encounter one another.  Let us focus on that this Lent.   Let us seek God.  Let us continue to get to know Christ.  Until we know Him, we will not understand the purpose of fasting, giving alms, preaching to unbelievers and other important missions.  Remember, the disciples spent many hours at Jesus’ feet before they were sent out.

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