March 3, 2017
(St. Katharine Drexel)
Thus says the Lord GOD:
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. Is_58:1-9a
Hmmmm, is there any aspect of this type of fasting that we are actually doing this lent, beloved? But then again, maybe we really are in many different ways that we don’t even realize: like babysitting our grandchildren, holding the door for the person behind us, smiling and greeting our checkout cashier, dropping a dime or a dollar in the donation box in the restaurant or buying that extra box of Girl Scout cookies (even though we gave up sweets for lent).
Maybe we’re not actually finding naked people in the streets who need clothes, or freeing chained prostitutes who were forced in that position, but in every way we can, we DO care for those in our own environments. Keep on caring, beloved, and as the Prophet Isaiah wrote, God will surely recognize us for our compassion.
Blessed be God forever!
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