I am not sure why the concept of fasting always gravitates to food when I think of it. Maybe I have too much of an attachment for food. It’s something for me to definitely look at. Today’s first reading from Isaiah 58 and the Gospel from Matthew 9 talk about fasting.
God really admonishes his people through the words of Isaiah about their motives for fasting. Isaiah says, “Is this the manner of fasting I wish, of keeping a day of penance: That a man bow his head like a reed and lie in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?”
We most likely have heard the likes of how Isaiah explains what God considers an acceptable fast. Jesus also touches on the same points in the Gospel of Matthew 25. But keeping with God’s message through the prophet Isaiah, here is today’s list.
- “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”
It kind of reminds me that I should be looking out for you by truly loving and caring for your needs. My prayer tonight is Philippians 2:3-4;
“Do nothing out of selfishness or vain glory, rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests but also everyone for those of others.”