Eastertide Fridays

April 12, 2013
Posted by Fr. Wayne McNamara

Dear Brethren,
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Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Just as each Sunday of the year intends to celebrate the fact of our Lord’s resurrection, its implications, and its continuing effects, each Friday remembers His passion and the reasons for it.

The Friday fasts of each liturgical season are flavored somewhat by the character of the season. Without doubt Eastertide is the most joyful season of the year and we might even ask how fitting it is to fast while the Church is rejoicing.At least part of the answer is related to the strong thematic elements found in our readings and lessons of Jesus’ post resurrection appearances and the of call to powerfully witness to these.

After He is risen, notice how frequently Jesus chides the disciples for their slowness to believe. Eastertide Friday fasts should emphasize our need to deepen of our faith in our risen Lord, to meditate on all of what He accomplished, and to earnestly desire faithfulness, purity, and strength regarding the Church’s witness to our Lord in the world. This means to pray that the Church militant might walk ever more in the power of the resurrection, that She might be both seen and heard as She is shrouded with Christ, the newness of life, and the righteousness that comes from above.

And this is the victory, {means of success} that (which) overcame the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4-5)

Our faith conquers the world by clinging to eternal realities. It was George MacDonald in Castle Warlock who said, “Every common day, he who would be a live child of the living has to fight the God-denying look of things, to believe that, in spite of their look, they are God’s, and God is in them, and working his saving will in them.” We overcome the world when we are brought into union with Christ. The more we are becoming as He is (3:17) we become partakers of His victory. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. (4:4) Everything that has been begotten of God conquers the world.

May the Lord bless our fasting and prayer intentions this day and help us to bear evermore true, faithful, and victorious witness to Him.

Fr. Wayne


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