“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full” (Matthew 6:16).
While an annual observance in the Jewish tradition, fasting emerged originally from deeply personal and emotional experiences of such a degree the person would forget to eat and take care of themselves. The hypocrisy of which Jesus speaks is to be found among those who create their own misery and pretend to be struggling saints plodding faithfully through the hardships this world presents. It’s not unlike those on social media who constantly whine about “adulting,” or what was formerly referred to as life. Distortion and disfigurement is a negative portrayal of a faith intended to positively impact life.