February 12, 2016
Through the Prophet Isaiah, the LORD spoke these words about true fasting and its reward: This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am! Is_58:1-9a
So there’s more to true fasting than just giving up chocolates.
As we become adults, we finally realize that God is not looking for our self sacrifice just for the sake of self discipline. He is looking for the sacrifice that helps grow His Kingdom. That means going of outside our selves in sacrifice to others. Can I be more kind in my relationships with others? Can I be more patient on the roads? Can I take that chocolate money and give it to the man with the cardboard sign on the street corner? Can I give some of my time to volunteer (that means no-pay, no reward), to help spread God’s love to those less fortunate than me? It may not mean, going into prisons or risking our safety in the slums. But there are ways we can help. We just need to look for them . . . or stop refusing to answer their call.
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