Epiphany 5 - Year A
Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12)
From what would you fast if your fast were to be evidenced by sharing your bread with the hungry? Privilege?
Yes, sharing with others means less for you. Yes, that means this kind of fasting as a result of sharing does have consequences. Yes, we are up to facing them (both others and less).
For what would you fast if your fast were to be evidenced by sharing your bread with the hungry? Healing?
Do you want you food to be correctly seasoned? Share. This is how saltiness is maintained.
Do you want to see your food, because we eat with our eyes before eating with our mouth? Share. This is how your light stays lit.
Obviously this kind of fasting goes beyond food. It encompasses every basic need. Only when we are engaged in the process of kindliness and care do we season one another's life and light the way for one another. To avoid a need is tasteless and darkening.