“Then They Will Fast”
On the one hand, we live on the other side of the crucifixion, so mourning and fasting are appropriate.
On the other hand, we live on the other side of the resurrection, so celebrating and feasting are appropriate.
Sometimes—maybe all the time, in a sense—we mourn and fast because we recognize our lack and our need.
Sometimes—maybe all the time, in a sense—we celebrate and feast because we recognize our abundance and our fulfillment.
Help us, O God, to live in the balance between mourning/fasting and celebrating/feasting that reveals our recognition of both how far we have to go and how far we’ve come.
“And Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.’” (Matthew 9:15)