Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Question about Fasting
A reading from St. Luke’s Gospel (5, 33 – 39):
And they said to [Jesus], “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.” Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.”
And he also told them a parable. “No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’“
The Families of Jesus: The couples will freely apply to join and undergo a probation period before being accepted as full members. To become members, they will make a promise to God to be faithful to the Constitution and live up to the obligations of membership. They are expected to attend church regularly and support their parish. They will work hard to bring about the “civilization of love”. They will fight the immorality of the times such as euthanasia, abortion, the contraception mentality, same sex marriage, cohabitation, and all evils against marriage. Other issues they may be involved in include human rights, justice for all, and a better political, social and economic order. They will also give of their time to help the poor, the sick, the elderly and the less fortunate in their communities.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I call you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters to open your hearts to Me. You have to understand that all My followers will have to fast at times. Fasting is very important for you because it will help you to control your appetites. We have an appetite for eating and we have an appetite for pleasure and for fulfillment of our human desires. It order to keep all these appetites in check, we need to fast from eating full meals at times. Fasting means you eat only bread and drink water. I would like every Catholic to fast every Friday because it is the day I died for your salvation. If you do this, you will be able to control your desires with My graces. There is a season for fasting and this season is called Lent, but one can fast at any time of the year. I assure you that fasting will bring you closer to Me. I love you all and bless you.”