Is this not the fast that I choose,
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house,
when you see them naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth from the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly.
Your vindicator shall go before you
and the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.
Isaiah 58: 6-8
We will be judged on whether we fed the hungry,
clothed the naked, welcomed the stranger,
comforted the sick or visited the imprisoned.
I once heard an American priest say
'It's no use saying you can swim, and sitting at the side
of the pool reciting the swimmer's creed.
If you don't go in the water, it means nothing'.
Prayer for the First Week of Lent
God, who breathed the spirit of life within us,
draw out of us the light and life you created.
Help us to use our lives to reflect Your glory and to serve others.