FEAST and FAST: Lent in a time of epidemic

by Jim Burklo

Let us fast from hugging and handshaking
And let us feast on bowing and waving.

Let us fast from hoarding food and toilet paper
And let us feast on the food in the back of our pantries.

Let us fast from gathering physically
And let us feast on communing virtually.

Let us fast from obsessing about the future
And let us feast on the everyday wonders of the present.

Let us fast from casting blame for our troubles
And let us feast on showing compassion for the most vulnerable.

Let us fast on being scared
And let us feast on getting prepared.

Let us fast from fear
And let us feast on the perfect Love that casts it out.

Jim Burklo is the Senior Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at the University of Southern California. He is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor and is the author of six published books on progressive Christianity.

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