Friday after Ash Wednesday
Looking at this short Gospel reading (Matthew 9:14-15), we are presented with the two extremes: fasting and abundance, but in this Lenten season, we focus on the fasting. While many people give up things for Lent (dessert, television, for example), some people add on things to do during Lent. A perfect example of these “additional” actions are found in the message from Isaiah (Isaiah 58:6-7) namely, the wonderful corporal works of mercy. As we end this workday and enter into the weekend, are there any ways in which we can share our bread with the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, or help those who are oppressed? May those who are suffering from any of these conditions feel the consoling power of God’s presence.