In a Lenten meditation on Mark 2 and the discussion about Jesus’ disciples not fasting while the Bridegroom was with them, NT Wright writes:
So isn’t it a bit odd, as we get into the stride of the Lenten disciplines, to talk about Jesus and his disciples refusing to fast? Not a bit of it. It’s because of that new creation, launched once and for all with Jesus himself, that we need to take time and make the effort to bring our lives into line with the new reality. We do not fast because we commemorate some great national disaster. We fast because, as those already caught up in Jesus’ kingdom-project, in God’s new world, we need to be sure that we are saying a firm goodbye to everything in us that still clings to the old.
Hat tip: Anglican Daily Prayer