I don’t know how to interpret Matthew 6: 16-18 "16
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you"
What does that mean? i normally fast when i’m alone at home… otherwise the people who live with me will ask me “why aren’t you having lunch” and i wouldn’t know how to answer that question… on the one hand, Jesus told us that our fasting shouldn’t be seen by others… so i shouldn’t tell my family that i’m not having lunch or breakfast or dinner because i’m fasting… but what am i supposed to tell them? should i lie? should i say “i’m not hungry” to me this is confusing… Tomorrow i would like to fast, however tomorrow i’m not alone at home… what am i supposed to say whenever they tell me “dinner is ready” they are going to expect me to go to the dinning room and have dinner with them… Should i say “i’m not hungry”? if i say that i would be lying and furthermore they will suspect that i’m fasting because the Pope told us to do it … or should i say “i want to have my dinner in my bedroom” and then save it for Sunday?
Thank you for your time.
God bless you