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Matthew 6:16 And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.
For several years, I set dinner on the table for my husband and our daughter, neither of whom felt called to this particular self-denial.
“You’re not eating?”
“It’s Ash Wednesday.”
Eventually, I realized I was merely trying to show myself (and everyone else) that I was piously observant. Fasting had absolutely nothing to do with coming closer to Jesus; it was all about me.
I still wrestle each year with what to give up or take on for Lent. Fasting is giving up the illusion that I’m in control of my life.
MOVING FORWARD: From what will you fast and on what will you feast for Lent?