“FASTING IN LENT TO FEASTING IN EASTER”
Genesis 2. 15-17; 3. 17-19,21,24
The Thursday of Invocavit: Lent Midweek Mass I
26 February Anno + Domini 2015
Fr Jay Watson SSP
In The + Name of Jesus
It’s dirty and sad and it’s only going to get worse.
Welcome fellow Israelites, Sons of God, to Lent. Yes, Lententide 2015 in the Church’s calendar, but more importantly to your desert wandering under The Cross of The Crucified—the brazen serpent upon the pole. Gaze at Him, i.e. believe, and be healed!
The Lord is Lord of Life. The life The Trinity desired for all of you, for Adam, was to be filled with pure unadulterated communion—in all its perfect fullness. There was to be food so delectable, nourishing, and transcendent, we cannot even speak of it now…we’ve lost the agricultural specifics of Eden’s cornucopia from Genesis 1 and 2…it’s not recorded. But “oh!” what it must have tasted like!
How long did your first Father and Mother eat of God’s bounty before their perfidy and treason; before their attempted murder of Goodness and Peace? How did that manna become “not enough?”
Not only are the Reformed “off the mark” in trying to do theology in the “inner mind” of The Trinity, basing the world’s working on sovereignty and divine providence, but so too, are all Christians sinful when trying to reason and rationalize the mysteries of creation, Eden, or the fall, apart from what The Lord reveals through Moses in Genesis.
Adam and Eve had God’s food to eat. All was good. And then THEY sinned. They looked at themselves in a false and distorted satanic fun-house mirror and saw a lie. They craved spiritual anorexia and bulimia and vomited out the Word!
You may have foodstuffs on your table every day, three times a day, but you are so hungry for God’s food that you’re wasting away—bodily. The wages of sin is death. God never stopped loving and caring for Adam “…did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them,” but Adam returned to the dust nonetheless.
Your ingestion of sin is caused by the devilish tapeworm, the “old Adam” parasite within you, craving all that is from the world, the fallen flesh, and the dragon. Repent. Turn from this heart/hell burn of indigestion. Or, as The Lord’s spotless Bride has always taught, because He so teaches, Fast! Fast from sin. Fast from sin by fighting against daily sins in thought, word, and deed. Be who you are—new Adams and new Eves in The New Adam, Christ Jesus. Clothed in His robes, drenched in His Blood—His Life; eating His food—His Body; you fast both spiritually—but actively with your sanctified will struggling to walk The Path. But you also, especially during Lententide, fast physically to focus and sharpen you appreciation for His Word; and His Word in Holy Supper.
No professor, teacher, or public speaker wants to give his class or presentation at 1pm…after the lunch hour. Post mid-day gluttony on carbs and sugar finds most classrooms, auditoriums, and yes, naves, filled with dozing, fat, lazy, and non-attentive warm bodies…i.e. sinners who already shun the Word on their own, and don’t really need any additional help from gorging on offal. But, fast for a bit, let your stomach tell your self-deluded brain (bondage of the will!) that you hurt, that the emptiness in your pit presages death itself, and then, the spiritual mind that The Lord has placed into your cranium begins to sharpen in focus on The Word…or at least, more so J
This isn’t a Law, this is Pauline exhortation.
Eat less, well, that will be good for you and, you’ll die anyway. But eat less, and read Holy Scripture more carefully and your soul will be fortified for the hard desert wounds and losses to come. Attend Sunday’s Mass with an empty stomach and though wafer thin, and Australian mediocre, that Eucharistic taste of God’s Body and Blood will be all the more sweet.
The Lord gives daily bread. But where do you acknowledge that as His family? Sure, you pray the Our Father multiple times during the day—hopefully before each meal. But as His Holy Bride, the Our Father with that typological 4th petition, is prayed every Mass right before The Verba Christi—the very Words of Jesus in His consecration of bread and wine. You daily bread is His true Body and real Blood.
Noah, and all those aboard God’s Ark, were given to eat and be sustained during their watery Lent, their desert of waves and salt, upon the food that The Lord had them set aside. You too in this tiny Ark, are given to eat—to feast, and given to drink—to be toasted with the Cup of Thanksgiving, the very medicine of immortality and festive nuptial meal of Peace.
It’s dirty and sad and it’s only going to get worse…for a while…Lent will end.
Easter, JESUS for you, with you, and in you, is forever.
In The Name of The Father and of The + Son and of The Holy Ghost