5th Wednesday of Lent – Reflection for OLPH Novena – 10 April 2019 (readings)
Sin is what enslaves us. And it’s only the Good News of Jesus Christ that can set us free. It’s only by living a life dedicated to God become flesh that will allow us true freedom. The seasons of Lent and Easter give us a good idea of how we can begin to live out our lives in a way pleasing to God. Lent calls us to fasting, prayer, and abstinence; while Easter calls us to celebration, to feasting, to the resurrection.
There’s two ways we can live our life: either secularly, or religiously. Either we can first have the feast, and then the headache, as the world does; or we can first have the fast, then the feast in imitation of Our Divine Savior.
People of the world prefer feasting followed by pain and suffering, but as Christians, we know that’s not what we’re called to. We know that Our Lord calls us to fast in this life, so that we can feast with him in the next.
It’s through this fasting, this embracing of suffering in this life that will prepare us physically and spiritually to enter into our life with God. Because fasting and penance are what mortifies the body in order to free us from the slavery of sin.
My brothers and sisters, Lent and Easter is a great example of this reality, and a model for us to follow; because as Catholics, as Christians we must remember the words of the Venerable Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen, “first the fast, then the feast.”