Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday of the Octave of Easter

            One of the things I love about being Catholic is the rhythm to the liturgical year.  We just got done with Lent—a period of fasting and penance—and can celebrate Easter.  Now we feast!  One of my rectors in seminary taught us to fast well and feast well.
            Our society has its own versions of fasting and feasting.  On the one hand, there are numerous diets and miracle pills to shed some pounds.  On the other hand, enter any bar and a Friday night and you’ll see our society gets partying.
            We treat fasting and feasting different, because we do both for the Lord.  And these rhythms come from principles in Scripture.  The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us, “there is a season for everything,” and St. Paul teaches, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
            I hope Lent was a fruitful time for your spiritual journey—something more than just losing a few pounds or refraining from candy.  At the same time, remember to feast well.  If you gave up chocolate, don’t just binge because Lent is over, but enjoy chocolate for the glory of God.
            Continue to celebrate the glory of Easter.  You fasted well during Lent, now feast well!

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