Do you recall church requiring our fasting on certain days of the year under pain of sin? Fasting is surely a worthy act of penance, but, through Isaiah, God speaks differently of fasting in today’s first reading: “The fast that I choose [is] to loosen the bonds of injustice…to let the oppressed go free”. Jesus surely studied this passage, and dreamed of people of all ages, nationalities, religions, and races to bond together in holy war by tearing down the walls of apathy, oppression, and bias in all forms. Jesus gave his life to initiate this movement, and called it the Kingdom of God. Most importantly, he ” begs” us to commit powerfully to him and his crusade-to embrace his life from this moment now and forever

Norm Carroll   spiritualsummit.net

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