Again we enter into the season of Lent with the reminder of our continued engagement of conversion in Christ. Again we hear the traditional call to fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
Today’s gospel focuses on fasting (meaning to abstain or restrain from something).
I suggest that we move away from our limited and concrete ideas of no meat, smaller meals, no candy. Let’s take fasting seriously. Let’s expand and widen our fasting as suggested in one or several of the following:
Fast from worry Fast from complaining Fast from negatives
Feast on divine order Feast on appreciation Feast on affirmatives
Fast from unrelenting pressures Fast from hostility Fast from bitterness
Feast on unceasing prayer Feast on non-resistance Feast on forgiveness
Fast from self-concern Fast from personal anxiety Fast from facts that depress
Feast on compassion for others Feast on eternal truth Feast on truths that uplift
Fast from thoughts that weaken Fast from idle gossip Fast from worry
Feast on promises that inspire Feast on purposeful silence Feast on inner peace.