Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 Is not this 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?
7 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?- Isaiah 58:5-7
I know, it’s early to mention Lent. It’s still more than a month away. But it is the time of church year when people begin to start thinking about their Lenten disciplines. Let’s take note of what the prophet Isaiah says – fasting is not so much “giving up” something, but rather taking on many things.
The prophet is calling us to a fast, a religious exercise, that does not feed our own personal piety, but one that continues in the liberating work of Christ. Giving up chocolate or red wine for Lent isn’t so much a spiritual exercise as a New Years’ Resolution Part 2.
Bind yourselves to a spiritual fast of liberation so that others may feast on the abundance of Christ.