Friday, December 27, 2013

On the Third Day of Christmas

This year the Third Day of Christmas falls on a Friday, and that means….FAST FREE FRIDAY! I don’t know about you, but I like fast free Fridays, not ‘just’ because I can enjoy a juicy hamburger, but because it allows me to experience a glimpse of the coming Kingdom. When we fast according to the guidance of the Church, we appreciate the ‘small things in life’ like not fasting on a Friday. There are only a few fast free Fridays throughout the year.

Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays is one of the oldest sacred Traditions of our Church established by the Holy Apostles. You can read about this in the Didache of the Holy Apostles to the Nations. While the main emphasis of fasting is a spiritual discipline, for me at least, it also provides an eternal lesson.

When we struggle HERE, we will be comforted THERE (in Heaven), so when we allow ourselves to struggle by fasting, we can enjoy a fast free Friday when it comes along. IF, on the other hand, you don’t fast, then today is no different from any other Friday, so there is nothing for you to enjoy today. Similarly, if you don’t struggle HERE, you won’t notice the comfort offered to you THERE (in Heaven).

Just a different point of view about fasting. 

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