Why Did the Lord Fast for Forty Days?

Why Did the Lord Fast for Forty Days?

By Fr. Moses Samaan

The number forty is a sign of that laborious period in ‎which, under the discipline of Christ the King, we have to fight ‎against the devil. This is also indicated by the fact that both the law ‎and the prophets solemnized a fast of forty days– that is to say, a ‎humbling of the soul– in the person of Moses and Elijah, who ‎each fasted for a period of forty days.

Through the fast of the Lord Himself, during which forty ‎days He was also tempted of the devil, the Gospel narrative also ‎demonstrates that condition ...

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