The fast embraces the hunger that is fundamental to our existence in this fallen cosmos. It becomes a symbol for all of our hunger – the hunger for security, for significance, for relationship, for food, for freedom.
The fast places us in solidarity with the other whose hunger is more acute than our own. The intensification of our hunger reminds us that there our those who live every day with a hunger yet more intense.
The fast is a proclamation that though we acknowledge our hunger, it will not rule us. We are not slaves to our desires.
The fast is a reminder that we will not always be hungry. Though hunger is our lot now, one day soon the effects of the resurrection will be fully realized and hunger will be no more.