Day 3: A Fast Acceptable to the Lord

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Readings for Today


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In today’s first reading, Isaiah critiques the shallowness of the people of his time who say they are following God’s ways, but instead quarrel and seek their own pursuits.

They are unaware of how off base they are. The prophet tells them that this is not what God desires.

This reminds me a bit of our own country in the past few years. Partisan bickering is the norm and real leadership seems scarce. For those of us who care deeply for our earth and all its inhabitants, we may relate to the call to lift up our voice like a trumpet blast to tell society of its short-sightedness and even wickedness.

But I find in Psalm 51 a reminder to all of us that it is a humble and contrite heart which brings us close to the Lord. I too am guilty of selfishness and am in need of healing. I too am challenged to grow in solidarity with all around the globe, as well as all that God has created.

Reflection Questions:

  • What form does fasting take in your life?
  •  This Lent, how do you feel invited to greater action with the oppressed, the hungry, the homeless, those experiencing the devastating effects of climate change, etc.?

Kathy O’Keefe is a Theology Teacher at Creighton Preparatory School where she teaches World Religions and Catholic Social Teaching. She is the moderator of the Jr. Green Jays club and regularly brings students to the Ignatian Family Teach-In. She and her husband John are members of the Omaha community of the Ignatian Associates, and they are the parents of four adult children.

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