Even if we have good intentions, sometimes we stumble and fall into the pit of sin. We feel pride and get a sense of superiority over other people. We have to be very careful. This requires us to constantly exert inner strength. Of course, we must not stagnate - we have to go forward, which means to develop, learn, listen and hear, understand those, who are around us. We must learn how to think and pray.
But first of all, we need repentance. Without it, we can’t get into the Kingdom of God. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4: 17). Maybe we can’t achieve it in a day or two, but if we try, then we are on our way to the Heavenly Jerusalem. I think, that at some point in our journey the Lord will touch our hearts for our efforts and consistency and we will be able to say: “Lord, forgive me, a sinner!” Nothing more needs to be said.
May God bless all of you.
So what kind of fasting should we aim for if we want to please God and benefit our spirits? There is no need to muse too much over these questions - today's Gospel readings give us the idea.