ISSL Reflections January 22 2023 Isaiah 58:6–10 Post 2

Take some time to read (and probably reread) this passage from Isaiah.

Think of it as being spoken to you. As this is addressed to you, what holds your attention the most. You might think of it as what has the most depth for you and will not release your attention.

Isaiah 58:6-10 (New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition)

Is not this the fast that I choose:
       to loose the bonds of injustice,
       to undo the straps 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 the naked, to cover them
       and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
       and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you;
       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.”

If you remove the yoke from among you,
       the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
       and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
       and your gloom be like the noonday.


Is it something to “fast” from, that is to let go of? Or is it something that calls you to some action?

Why do you think it holds your attention?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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