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.Isaiah 58:6-7
Jesus himself went to the desert and fasted and prayed. This experience prepared him for his ministry, which was largely centered on bringing the Good News to the marginalized. So let our fasting not just be a pointless exercise. Let it spur us on to show God’s love to our brothers and sisters who desperately need to be cared for.
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