Friday after Ash Wednesday
MT 9:14-15

The disciples of John came to Jesus, 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.”
Gospel citations come from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Katie Mannix ‘08

Every night, my 3-year-old and I share in a little ritual: I make up a story, we offer up a prayer together, and I give a kiss and a hug before turning out the lights.

Several weeks ago at bedtime, we embarked on our routine. Like many 3-year-olds, my daughter was determined that this night’s exchange should be lively and, at times, quite silly. I, in my desire to be both reverent and efficient, was not having it. I scolded her, we went through our routine in a more serious fashion, and that was that.

I couldn’t help but feel afterward that I had really missed the boat. Here was my beautiful baby, whom I cherish and look upon as a blessing from God, wanting to relish in a little bit of time together in her own way; and here I was, tired, unimaginative, inflexible, rejecting the gift of the moment. My priorities blinded me to the opportunity to rejoice and share in that privileged, happy time.

How often do we take the gift of the moment for granted? How often do our preconceived notions, habits, and agendas blind us to demonstrations of God’s love and keep us from engaging with Christ and his message?

For me, this Gospel is a reminder of God’s desire for us to remain humble, vigilant, and open to manifestations of the Father’s love in our everyday lives. Just like the child eager to play, we are invited to rejoice in God’s presence and to give thanks when God enters into our lives in ways big and small.

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Father Andrew Gawrych, CSC 

Lord, in these 40 days of Lent, we pray, fast, and give alms, knowing that it is we who have taken ourselves away from you through our sins. By welcoming your forgiveness in our hearts these Lenten days, may we be brought by you to the joy of new life on Easter morning. Amen.


St. Julian, your fantastic story inspired your patronage of innkeepers and fiddlers, pray for us!