What the world needs now…is love.
(Listen to my song “Mercy Reigns” on YouTube by clicking HERE)
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.
In the wake of the Florida school shooting…we hear calls for more prayer, more gun control, and more mental health care.
All of those things would no doubt help.
But what is really needed are more compassionate people.
We need more people who know they are loved…and that takes other people to reach out to let them know.
It takes real connection. More civil discourse. More heart-felt listening.
Lots of Christians are fasting for Lent.
But if the fasting isn’t making you more loving, merciful, forgiving and just…then what good is it?
Isaiah was a prophet who lived over 700 years before Jesus. He preached many things that foretold of the coming of the Messiah…but a Messiah quite different from the powerful warrior that Israel wanted.
Jesus quoted today’s scripture verses from Isaiah when stating his mission (Luke 4:17-18). He also quoted the Prophet Hosea (Hosea 6:6) when he said we should learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’ (Matthew 9:13).
Mercy is what God wants from us.
The sacrifice is putting aside myself…putting aside the self-centered desires of my ego.
Fasting is not meant to “earn points” with God but is a practice to help us know that only God can satisfy our deepest yearnings…not the things of this world.
Fasting should free us from our bondage to stuff…so that we are free to serve God and others.
How can we, today, help to free someone who is oppressed, shelter someone who is homeless, clothe someone who is impoverished and act with love toward all?
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Remember…God loves you!