In many parishes and Catholic homes in the West, the tradition of feasting has been lost. It seems a quaint relic of the Age of Faith to so many people. But we Catholics today MUST celebrate feast days, because prayerfully celebrated days of the Church Year are the lifeblood of the Domestic Church. Yes, we must really make an effort to expend time, energy, and money on observance of the days of the Church Year as special days set apart for contemplating and rejoicing. Today I’d like to offer some quotes and Scripture passages to reaffirm our need to observe this ancient tradition.
Here are some quotes to show the importance of celebrating feast days:
You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your manservant and your maidservant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. For seven days you shall keep the feast to the LORD your God at the place which the LORD will choose; because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will altogether be joyful. Deuteronomy 16:14-15
I can’t quote the whole Book in this post now, but I can tell you that if you read from the Book of Revelation you find that Heaven will be an eternal feast–the wedding feast of the Lamb. So, if Heaven is the celebration of a joyous feast for all eternity, we must prepare ourselves for it by feasting on earth! Feasting is an essential part of Christian living: it always has been, and it always will be.
Why is any day better than another, when all the daylight in the year is from the sun? By the Lord’s decision they were distinguished, and he appointed the different seasons and feasts; some of them he exalted and hallowed, and some of them he made ordinary days. Sirach 33: 7-9
God has used the human beings in His Church to make many of the days of the year hallowed and set apart (holy). We observe them because of God’s will for us, as part of his plan to make us holy.
And last but not least, here’s one of my favorite quotes from one of today’s Catholic writers:
We become what we celebrate. –Matthew Kelly
Please take a moment to ask yourself: What am I celebrating in my life? Am I bringing the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of Christ into my life by celebrating it? How can I better serve God and increase in holiness by celebrating Him and His holy ones?