Why should Christians fast? In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz explains what some good reasons for fasting.
We should not fast for God’s favor or attention. We already have that.
- For self mastery. If we cannot say no to something, then we are a slave to that thing. Jesus came to set us free.
- Obedience and discernment. We let the church tell us to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In the New Testament, the disciples fast while listening for the Holy Spirit.
- Worship. We sacrifice a legitimate pleasure to express our love for God.
- To be a co-redeemer. St. Paul tells us that our sufferings make up for what is lacking in the suffering of Christ. Jesus offers us a small particle of his cross so we can participate in the salvation of the world with Him.