But do we really have clear objectives for fasting during the period? Do we make the effort to measure / assess the impact or success of it? And most importantly, how can we get to allow the period to have tangible / significant positive social impact through us? These and more will engage our attention in this discussion and the sequel(s) to follow.
And the list goes on! A case of activity without productivity, following from just maintaining the status-quo, or applying spiritual solutions to non-spiritual issues? Much like taking paracetamol tablets in a bid to deal with hunger. Do we even care to understand the issues at stake? Or is it that the impact is supposed to be only inside of us without a corresponding outward manifestation of any such internal transformation? I don’t think so, because as per today’s passage, God ignored their fast because they ignored the required practical living expected of children of God. I believe that when we ignore the practical things that are required of us and suppose that fasting would do some magic, we might just be attempting to ‘twist God’s hand,’ and it is not likely to work.
I suggest that we should make some declarations: that, we are not just going to go through another religious tradition to satisfy the calendar; that we are prepared to allow ourselves to be transformed significantly by this year’s Lent; for significant social impact! Amen!!!