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
“And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.” (Matthew 4:2)
I would be hungry too, but for what was He hungry? Food? Spirituality? Fasting during Lent does not have to mean just not eating food, does it? I think we can have a spiritual fast that can be just as meaningful and effective. Can we fast from bitter hearts and feelings? I think we can. I think it’s called forgiveness. Isn’t Lent about forgiving us of our sins? Can we forgive others of their trespasses against us? Is that fasting at all, or is it letting go? I believe it is all in how you look at it. I think my spiritual fast could consist of me not judging a book by its cover and not jumping to such quick judgments of others. I think this kind of fast would cleanse the soul. What do you think? What kind of fast would do your soul good?