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THE SPIRITUALITY OF FASTING
BY H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III
On the mount of transfiguration the three people, who stood in radiance and glorious light on the Mount of Transfiguration, were people who brought fasting to perfection. For every one of them fasted for forty days and forty nights: Our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 4:2), Moses (Ex 34:28), and Elijah (1 Kings 19:8). This magnificent scene, conceal behind it an important message that is, by conquering the body through fasting, the spirit becomes manifest and the body is transfigured
Fasting is the earliest commandment known to mankind, for God commanded our father Adam to refrain from eating a certain fruit from a certain tree (Gen 2:16,17) but allowed him to eat from the rest. Thus, man did not have absolute freedom to take whatever he laid eyes on and whatever he desired. He had to abstain from certain things and control his inclination towards them. Thus since the very beginning, man has had to control his body.
H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III