Sts. Perpetua and Felicity
Readings of the day:
Psalm 51:3-6, 18-19
In the first reading, it was stated clearly the sort of fast that’s pleasing to the Lord. The whole essence of fasting is the Love of God and the good of the neighbor. Outside of that, the true meaning of fast will not find its root. It would be shallow because it only gratify the need of oneself, without considering others. Why engage in such fast in the first place?
In the words of St. Vincent de paul, “we must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of his love”, Within this lenten season, let us cultivate a desire of knowing God more and more, of delving deeper in his inexhaustible love, second to it, the total love of our neighbor; the poor, homeless, sick, hungry, the oppressed and the imprisoned(all carry the image of God).
With this in sight, the Lord who sees all heart will surely reward us. May we then go out this day, and show many love to all we meet.
May God help us, we pray.
Peace and Love of Christ!