COLLECT OF THE WEEK
O God, whose glory it is to always have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But He answered, It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:1-4)
What tempts you to stray from the Lord? Is the word of God all we need to nourish ourselves? I think spiritually yes, but physically, we need food and water to sustain our lives. Maybe that is why we fast during Lent. We fast to remind ourselves of our spiritual commitment to the Lord. We fast to remind ourselves of why we are on this earth. We do it to humble ourselves to the Lord because, after all, He died so we could be forgiven. What more can I do to show Him how much I love Him and thank Him for His ultimate sacrifice? I can give up something of importance. I can make a personal sacrifice to show my devotion. I can be the disciple He wants me to be.