03 Mar 2017: Is this the Fasting that I Wish, asks the Lord

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Baby looks at people fighting, frightened

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Reading 1: Is. 58:1-9A; Ps. 51: 3-19; Gospel: Mt. 9: 14-15

The first reading taken from the book of Prophet Isaiah helps us to put our Lenten practices in perspective. Often we impose on God what we want as his wish and we feel  quite proud of ourselves for such achievements of ours. However, the prophet challenges us. We read, thus (keeping in mind the fast and practices we have undertaken for this lent, let us read these lines…)

Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?

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.

If we are ready to accept these ordinances of the Lord, He promises us the results which we will experience…

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.

However, the questions placed before us today are…

Can I follow these? Am I ready to walk an extra mile? If I am ready, I am sure this season of lent will be something different from all that we have experienced so far.

Let is not about giving up something in food and actions rather it is more about challenging and changing our actions here and now.

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