Catholics abstain from meat on all Fridays during Lent for many reasons. It is a sacrifice—a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice on Good Friday. It is an act of humility as we eat modestly. It is an experience of solidarity with those who go without. It is penance for our past wrongdoings and an exercise in discipline to help us abstain from sin in the future. It is a form of preparation as we hunger, symbolically, for the eucharistic meal. Jesus fasted to draw closer to God and draw upon him for help. Now’s your chance to do the same.
Isaiah 58:1-9a; Matthew 9:14-15 (221).
“The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”