18 John’s disciples and the Pharisees had a habit of fasting. Some people asked Jesus, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but yours don’t?” 19 Jesus said, “The wedding guests can’t fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they can’t fast. 20 But the days will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 21 “No one sews a piece of new, unshrunk cloth on old clothes; otherwise, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and makes a worse tear. 22 No one pours new wine into old leather wineskins; otherwise, the wine would burst the wineskins and the wine would be lost and the wineskins destroyed. But new wine is for new wineskins.” (Mark 2:18-22, CEB)
Have you ever fasted?
It is an interesting experience to go for several days without food. It focuses your mind on hunger, and yet you can channel that energy to other things. You can focus on God and how the love of the divine is ever present even in your need.
And in the passage here we hear Jesus talk about the timing of things. Sometimes we get so hung up in the way other people practice their religion that it tales away from ours. You need to use the tools that help you to focus on God. If fasting is one of those, use it, if not, then don’t .
Don’t judge others by how they do or do not practice religion. Focus yourself how you need to and let that be enough.