"...Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own."
Today I fasted but it really wasn't a very spiritual experience: a pressing work deadline led me to skip lunch. Anxiety killed my appetite. Could I say that this was a Lenten offering?
But today I also tried to support my teammates, encourage my co-workers in getting the job done, thanked them for their efforts, valued their capabilities, enjoyed their pride in accomplishment. That was a far greater spiritual experience.
Isaiah gives us a blueprint for our Lenten 'fasting'. It is the promotion of Justice and establishing the kingdom of heaven here on Earth: One little piece at a time. Our Christianity will shine not through what we say but what we do.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells within you? - 1 COR 3:16-23
The Season of Lent is a special time for us to slow down, look inward and make the necessary changes to truly become an Easter people.