Feasting, not fasting
This isn’t a religious blog, more an inspirational, feel good, do right, be human type of blog…but it is run by some religious people, and some not as religious people…anyway, my point is that I am not here to shove faith down anyone’s throat, but I will be talking about my faith as a Catholic (and a catholic believer) in the following post.
First, let me explain what I mean by Catholic and catholic believer. A Catholic is someone who believes in the Catholic faith and follows Catholic beliefs…catholic means “universal” and I believe in the world as a universe and us all tied to each other, no matter what we believe.
Lent, it’s what is most associated with 40 days of fasting, and the big 40 days and 40 nights…it’s even become a movie, granted, not the most socially or religiously acceptable movie, but regardless, the idea of lent is out in our society and people know that people give up stuff for 40 days. The thing is, Lent is not about that. Lent isn’t what I did for the first 10 years of my life where I “gave up” eating sweets, only to feast on Easter and everyday after on every single sweet I could gorge into my poor, practically diabetic body. That is NOT what the point of Lent is. First of all, it’s about Feasting on good rather than Fasting. If you don’t know why you’re not eating meat or not eating candy or trying not to be angry…than what is the point?
Like Christmas, Easter emphasizes what God, and more specifically Jesus, did for us. Christmas humanizes Christ as a human, an individual sent from Heaven to help change mankind. Easter de-humanizes Jesus, as in showing that Jesus is divine. Anyone could die on a cross, all the criminals (or so called criminals) were crucified on the cross before it became The Cross to the rest of the universe. It was like the guillotine or the electric chair or lethal injection. Your reaction to the last three words? That is how people used to react when they heard “the cross.” Now The Cross is a symbol of God, again, more specifically Jesus, coming down, dying for mankind, and then rising three days later. Easter is the celebration that Jesus is God and He rose from the dead so that we as mankind could do so because He did. We will die and rise with Him.
So again, why do we feast or fast during Lent? We do this so we can be worthy of Him, and really, of others in general. Lent is kind of like the secular New Year preparation…Lent is a time to prepare oneself to renew their life and make it better…to make a resolution and change for the better and resolve old habits and get rid of things that aren’t working. Though we don’t need New Year’s resolutions or Lent to decide to change our life, they certainly help to remind us.
The point of fasting is to kick a bad habit. I knew it was bad to eat sweets all the time, so I fasted from it…but did I learn as a child as I stuffed my face with all my Easter Egg hunt finds? No, I did not. Now, if I give something up during Lent, I understand it is because it’s a bad habit that I’m trying to kick…so I am trying to eat less sweets consistently so that eventually I will only eat sweets occasionally which is better for my health and taking care of my body, but I know that a sweet every once in a while is good for my spirit…hehe.
So we feast on the good in our lives, like calling friends more, keeping in touch with friends and family…when Lent is over that doesn’t mean I should stop talking to these people…that’s the whole point of Lent, to help us make and break good and bad habits respectively to become better people, and ultimately closer to God…this shouldn’t just be a thinking during Lent, but always.
Do something good to better your life and get rid of the bad to better your life…when you do this, you are able to help others more, and your help allows others to help others, and yourself, more, too!
So, remember, feast on your friends and family (this does not mean eat them) and doing good and good habits and fast from the bad habits in your life to help you become better. It is a struggle at first, but once you see what a difference it makes in your life…it’ll become your nature.