Friday, February 19
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Reflections on Today's Gospel
- The disciples of John the Baptizer were good people but they were genuinely puzzled by the way of life of the disciples of Jesus. There was no hidden agenda in their question. They simply wanted to know why the disciples of Jesus did not fast. The answer of Jesus echoes the message of the Old Testament: “There is a season for everything”…..(Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)
- There will be no fasting in the eternal presence of the Divine Bridegroom. As the disciples were in close proximity to the Bridegroom during his time on earth, they were not called to fast. But Jesus added that after His return to the Father, his disciples would be called upon to fast.