Bishop Lahham discusses importance of fasting in Lenten season

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Bishop Lahham discusses importance of fasting in Lenten season

By Munir Bayouk/ abouna.org

Within the framework of a series of lectures delivered weekly during Great Lent 2017, Bishop Emeritus Maroun Lahham delivered a lecture on Wednesday, March 15, at St. Joseph Church, in Amman explaining how to behave during the Lenten season.

In his lecture, Bishop Maroun reviewed the practice of fasting in the Old Testament indicating that it was non-committal where fasting was associated with certain mishaps or disasters. He added that Lord Jesus did not set a rule for fasting since the most important event in Christianity is the death of Lord Jesus and His rise from the dead.

Noting that Lord Jesus fasted for 40 days, he quoted Lord Jesus’ words on fasting which say, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)

Reviewing Lord Jesus’ fasting in the wilderness for 40 days and nights and His response to the temptations, he said that Lord Jesus did not carry a dialogue with Satan; He just made short answers and to the point. He continued that it is important not to have dialogue with Satan; to resort to the Word of God in Holy Bible; to repent and feel true faith in God's mercy.

He concluded by stating that having fasted for the past two weeks it is important to return to God through repentance, fasting, prayer and bestowing an alms upon the needy.

The lecture was preceded by an hour of reflections which included reading of verses from the Holy Bible and Lenten hymns.

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 09:41
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