Icon of the Wedding at Cana
March 8, 2014
“Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” Matthew 9:14-15
Most people who undertake a Lenten fast pride themselves on complete abstinence from Ash Wednesday until Easter. However, Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection, and so Sundays are always considered “feast days,” or “festival days” — the opposite of fast days.
I think it’s a good idea to break the fast on Sundays; notice I said that people “pride themselves” on their total abstinence. There’s a problem, right there: the Lenten fast becomes a good work and a source of personal pride. Breaking the fast on Sundays does two things: it acknowledges that Sundays are, indeed, days to celebrate and thus feast; and it also helps curb spiritual pride, which is not only one of the most obnoxious forms of pride, but perhaps also one of the most dangerous.