MONDAY MEDITATION March 23, 2020
I must confess, I never would have made a good Methodist. Why, you might ask? Well, back in the day John Wesley would not ordain to the ministry anyone who would not commit to fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. And you can tell at a glance that while fasting might be good for me, it is not something I am very good at.
But you know, Jesus said, when you fast, not if. Of course, he also says to do it in secret so that God knows, not the people around you. At least that is what he says in the gospel we read for Ash Wednesday. And then we say, But here, so that you can make a right beginning to a holy Lent, let me put a smudge of ashes on your forehead…
Or then again, maybe he meant for us to fast, as the prophet Joel (2:12) suggests, by rending our hearts and not our garments. Or as Isaiah, says in chapter 58, “Is this not the fast I choose, to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry…” And so on.
Oh yeah, that reminds me. The point of this post was going to be to talk about Meatless Mondays, a tool we use throughout Lent to set aside a little extra for Growing Hope Globally. The idea is to take what we would have spent on meat and add it to the pot to help reduce hunger around the world. Some of us still call it the Foods Resource Bank. New name, same mission. You can find more details at www.growinghopeglobally.org. We may be fasting from handshakes, and breathing on each other, and so on for a while, but we can still share by filling those piggy banks, and saving them up until we can come together again for our noisy offering!
Grace and peace to you all.