“John’s disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’”

Matthew 9:14-17

Jesus teaches us that it is the “fasting” we do inside that counts. We do not need to show our fasting to others, but understand that our fasting is to show our love for God. For it is in Him alone who notices are true intentions, which brings us closer to him. We can fast by changing our “old” attitudes of anger, jealousy, impatience, selfishness or laziness, with  the “new” of love, hope, peace and joy. Jesus wants us to change our “old” attitudes so that we can open our hearts to love and serve others.

Do we make the effort to fast from our “old” attitudes? Do we fast to grow closer to God? Are we aware of what we need to change in ourselves? Jesus calls on us to realise our sins and repent, so that we can grow closer to him.