“And when you fast, do not put on a sad face as the hypocrites do. They neglect their appearance so that everyone will see that they are fasting. I assure you, they have already been paid in full. When you go without food, wash your face and comb your hair, so that others cannot know that you are fasting—only your Father, who is unseen, will know. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.

Matthew 6:16-18

This week we’re going to look in more detail at fasting, what it means, and how we can do it!

Notices

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass on Friday – confessions all morning and Mass at lunch time. Miss Love’s Acts of Worship are based around the sacrament so come and see Joe or Miss Masterson in the chapel if you are interested.
  • Keep going with your form AoW prep and Lindisfarne House Mass prep. Joe will be coming around to see you in form time to help in any way.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we’re going to look in more detail at what fasting actually means. It’s easy to think about it in the traditional, non-religious sense, but what does it mean for us in Christianity? There are many examples of fasting in the Bible, such as this quote from Daniel:

“At that time I was mourning for three weeks. I did not eat any rich food or any meat, drink any wine, or comb my hair until the three weeks were past.”

 

Have a watch of the video to find out more about fasting in Catholicism:

Comment below one thing that you have learnt from the video/one thing that you think it’s important to remember about fasting.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we’re going to take a moment to spend time with God. In three of the four Gospels there is a passage where Jesus talks about fasting, and about how we should not make it obvious that we are fasting. It should be something that is between us and Our Heavenly Father. One thing that we don’t fast on in Lent is the Eucharist. Holy Communion is the height of our faith, and we should think about that when we are fasting from other earthly foods. Listen to the song/watch the video and spend some time with God, talking to him about your fasting.

How does it feel to spend this time with God? Comment below.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

When we fast, we often give up foods that we like. But what we don’t think about is the fact that sometimes we don’t appreciate the food that we have. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians he says:

“The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful.”

Watch this video :

In the video American children try traditional British foods. They’re dishes that most of us would quite happily eat, but some of them don’t like them at all. In today’s society it is easy to be picky when we eat, but fasting allows us to have that appreciation for what we have, and to be grateful for the food that God has given us. Some people aren’t able to fast because they don’t have enough food in a day to not eat some. Think about that today, and comment below what foods you appreciate.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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