The Pharisees had complained to the Lords disciples why does your master eat with sinners and tax collectors and the Lord compared Himself to the physician. He says that the healthy do not need the doctor, but the sick do. And so since all of us are sinners and therefore spiritually sick, He has come to heal us all. In today’s passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel, we’re told that it’s John’s disciples that came to Jesus, although the other evangelists tells us the Pharisees came with them. But in either case, John’s disciples use the Pharisees as an example, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not”? This sounds like a criticism of the Lord and of course of His disciples. And John’s disciples are to be blamed for the attitude they’ve adopted towards Our Lord. They felt envious because of the fact that Our Lord was drawing disciples to Himself and the people were following Him. They complained to John, “The man you bore testimony to, He is baptising down the river and everybody is going to Him”. To which John replies, “He must increase and I decrease”. John’s disciples had great loyalty to John, but John constantly pointed them towards the one who was to come. John had been critical of the Pharisees and John had been praising Our Lord and therefore all the more reason for John’s disciples to be conscience of what they were saying. And so when they come to the Lord “Why is it that we, and the Pharisees fast but your disciples do not?”… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.