If you graduated from college, you know the drill. Every so often a magazine arrives in your mailbox, full of glossy photos of happy, successful people. Some of them might be the professors who taught you oh so many years ago. Some of them might be silver-haired philanthropists who are leaving a legacy for their beloved alma mater. And some of them are younger than you. . .
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus enjoins his disciples, "when you
fast, do not do as the hypocrites do. . . " So I guess it's possible
that many people take this so seriously that I just do not know what
they are fasting from. Perhaps many people's piety does not allow them
to talk about what they have given up for Lent. Maybe we ARE fasting,
intensely and quietly.