Fifth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Isaiah 58:6-7

Monday, January 30, 2017

Being a light for others is a theme of the lectionary passages for the fifth Sunday of Epiphany.  These passages include: Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12); Psalm 112:1-9 (10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) and Matthew 5:13-20.

Isaiah 58:6-7Is this not 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?  Is it not to share 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?

We are approaching the season of Lent when many Christians will consider some sort of fast.  Fasts, when done for the right reasons, can help the participant feel a closer connection to God.  These verses remind us that an important way to live in closer communion to God is by taking care of one another, especially those less fortunate than we are.

Gracious God, guide us to be better sharers of the abundance you have provided.  Amen.

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