Thought for the day
Christians have 40 days of Lent (14 February - 29 March 2018) and Muslims have 30 days of Ramadan (15 May - 14 June 2018).
And for the contemporary generation, some form of detox has also become popular.
But Lent was not just about giving up chocolate or cheese. Or other forms of abstinence.
As we read in the passage today, Jesus talked about not making a song and dance about fasting, but it being personal and secret.
The rewards may indeed be physical benefits such as losing weight, feeling healthier, even food tasting better afterwards.
But it can also have a deeper, more hidden, impact.
‘Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself’ (Jelauddin Rumi)
Fasting can also help to re-orientate ourselves spiritually, strengthen our spirits and refresh us and help us regain that lost sense of purpose.
'And your Father who sees in secret will reward you'
Prayer for the day
Coming soon! [from Day 1]
During Ramadan you might like to fast with your Muslim friends in solidarity. Don’t make a song and dance of it!
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