Skip to comments."When you fast. . .": An Ash Wednesday Post
Posted on 02/18/2010 6:40:13 PM PST by Salvation
"For the controversy is not only concerning the day, but also concerning the very manner of the fast. For some think that they should fast one day, others two, yet others more; some, moreover, count their day as consisting of forty hours day and night. 13. And this variety in its observance has not originated in our time; but long before in that of our ancestors. It is likely that they did not hold to strict accuracy, and thus formed a custom for their posterity according to their own simplicity and peculiar mode. Yet all of these lived none the less in peace, and we also live in peace with one another; and the disagreement in regard to the fast confirms the agreement in the faith" (Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, 5, 24, 12).
And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matt 6:16-18)
Now Johns disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, Why do Johns disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast? 19 And Jesus said to them, Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. (Mark 2:18-20)
And it shall be a statute to you for ever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves, and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you; 30 for on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins you shall be clean before the Lord. 31 It is a sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute for ever. (Lev 16:29-30)
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I’ll be 62 next month. Last year I said what the heck, I’ll fast anyway (after 59 - not required) This year though I’m not fasting. I have to be careful what I eat all the time for a number of health reasons so it just isn’t fun to add another layer. I spend 30-45 minutes on devotions every morning. I’m pretty content with what I do. I guess I could spend an hour per day without my iPhone. hmmm. Nope. I’ll think of something to do for Lent.
Your phone idea sounds excellent to me. But I don’t own a cell phone. LOL!
I have given up my M & M adiction for the next 6 weeks.
Ahhhhh. Finally relief from reading all the troubling news tonight. Thinking I will relax reading your postings for Ash Wednesday.
Fast for Tamuz?
That’s a lot different than the newspaper, isn’t it.
I love to turn on the TV in the morning and catch all the latest news. So, I’m not doing that and doing a meditation instead. Basically what you are doing.
Gee, what will I do next year? I hardly turn on the TV now. LOL!
Thank you for sharing- very good info in here.