This week we are invited to begin the observance of a Holy Lent through study of the scriptures, prayer – and fasting, which, following Jesus’s example in the desert, is usually interpreted as abstaining from certain foods.  

My own, limited, attempts at fasting during Lent have rarely lasted more than a few weeks before I end up taking double helpings of whatever I had been trying to avoid. I don’t think “Lent in Lockdown” is going to make it any easier this year! I draw some comfort from the fact that I am not isolated in my inconsistency, as a fascinating study titled “Theology on the Menu” reveals. Looking back through the history books highlights the differences between the ways Christians through the ages have approached their relationship with food.

Find out more by listening to this week’s Start:Stop reflection at the link above or read the script at this link