The first four words of our passage are taken from the words of Jesus when he says, “And when you fast…” Wait, did he just say when you fast? He might as well have said, “When you wrestle and alligator” or “When you skydive without a parachute.” Like you’re actually going to do that? But it was the expectation of Jesus that his followers would regularly fast, which means we have to figure out how, why, when, and if at all possible that not-so-ancient practice might become a part of our lives as those who say we are his followers.

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