Friday 19 February 2021

About Today Readings

Day of penance. Isaiah 58:1-9. A broken, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn – Psalm 50(51):3-6, 18-19. Matthew 9:14-15.

We wait for the rising of the Son

Many stories have come out of the pandemic crisis. Remember Captain Tom Moore (who died earlier this month) who raised more than 30 million pounds for Britain’s NHS, simply by plodding around his garden for a month before his 100th birthday. Isaiah says: ‘Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me, to share your bread with the hungry?’ Or raise money to support those wonderful health workers? The pandemic effectively stopped weddings. Only five could attend a wedding. The bride, the groom, the two witnesses, and the celebrant. Unless a sibling was a witness there would be no family present, no circle of friends, and certainly no celebration. This ‘celebration’ was a fast (and a farce). Jesus said weddings were a time for celebration, not for fasting. There is a time for everything under the sun. Now is the time for fasting again, as we wait for the rising of the Son.

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