Bringing the Text to Life
BEYOND THE LECTIONARY
Fasting can be a good thing for spiritual health.
AT A GLANCE:
Intermittent fasting is the latest health trend, purporting to help people lose weight and improve overall health. These are good things, but not as good as the benefits of God’s fasting plan, which is less about us and more about God preparing us to make a difference in the world.
For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Necessary NO’s,” February 21, 1999.
With the beginning of Lent comes an annual focus on fasting. It’s something we Christians know we should do, but it’s also arguably the most neglected spiritual discipline. While we might talk about what we’re “giving up for Lent,” we’re a lot more reticent to engage in fasting as a regular discipline alongside prayer and reading Scripture. But recent studies have shown that while fasting is demanding, it’s also a pretty good thing to do on a regular basis — not only for your spiritual life but ...