After reading the bible and my bible supplement, I realize that fasting is not just about sacrificing the things that you love to do. It is also controlling our physical desires, and refraining from the usual sins that we commit, like our hot or quick temper, our irritability, selfishness, greed, etc. This is a good time to draw ourselves closer to God change our ways, and get to know Him deeply.
Lent is a spiritual feast in which we receive graces from the Lord, and a chance for us to grow in virtue as we spend more time with the Lord. The Lord says it’s useless to offer sacrifices if we don’t offer ourselves to him in every way. It’s a time for us to love one another. This is a real way of showing Jesus that you feel for Him and that you understand Him, as we journey in His suffering.
The money that we save from fasting can also be used in a good way, like feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless. That is also a form of fasting. We could also stop doing immoral, unproductive and senseless activities as a form of sacrifice.
A quote from Isaiah 58:6-7: “The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice and let the oppressed go free. Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear and do not refuse to help your own relatives.”
In a way, Lent is similar to Christmas. It’s a time to love.