Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s very brief Gospel tells us that there is a reason for fasting. Jesus uses the image of the wedding banquet, which in their culture lasts for a whole week! There is feasting and merrymaking for a week or for as long as the newly married couple is with them. Jesus likens himself to the groom and his disciples to the wedding guests. There was joy for as long as they were still around, but fasting begins when the newlyweds have left. Lent is…

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