There is a Time for Feasting and a Time for Fasting

In today’s Gospel from Matthew 9:14-15 we read:

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said,
“Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast.”

I am reminded that once when St. Teresa of Avila and her sisters were criticized for enjoying a fine meal of partridge, her reply was, “There is a time for penance and a time for partridge.” Holy Spirit grant us the wisdom to know the difference – and the grace to recognize that these seasons come to others at different times than they may to us.

There is a time for feasting and a time for fasting

2 Comments on “There is a Time for Feasting and a Time for Fasting

  1. Yes, Jesus enjoyed good food. Thank you for reminding me again that life is seasonal and can vary among our friends and family. I appreciate the quote, “There is a time for penance and a time for partridge.”

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