SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020
A Reading from Isaiah 58:9B-14
Thus says the LORD: If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday; Then the LORD will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land. He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails. The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you, “Restorer of ruined homesteads.”If you hold back your foot on the sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day; If you call the sabbath a delight, and the LORD’s holy day honorable; If you honor it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or speaking with maliceB Then you shall delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
REFLECTION: “If you hold back your foot on the sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day; … If you honor it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice, Then you shall delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth”.
We often look at our lives as a walk with God and inevitably will notice the paths we take at different stages of our lives. If we could literally see our footsteps from the time we were born, I am sure we would see various patterns. Sometimes the footprints are close together and at an easy pace. Sometimes there is only one set and we know God has picked us up and carried us for a while. Sometimes the distance between the prints is greater or we have walked out in front leaving wobbled prints in an erratic fashion.
God tells us how to walk with him no matter the environment or our situation. We have to “hold back our foot” or have some restraint, especially on the Lord’s holy day. Lent is the perfect time to look at how we spend the Sabbath with the Lord. Mass attendance is a no brainer. However, we should spend the Lord’s holy day by attending mass reverently, pushing aside our day to day worldly activities.
By focusing on worshiping and giving God what is due to God, we will do what He desires and give Him “delight”. As we spend this Lenten season fasting, praying and giving alms, let us walk with our hearts in the hands of Jesus. Our loving hearts will help to restore others and we will delight in keeping the Sabbath holy. If we render our hearts to God, then our chosen paths will take us on new heights that only God can provide.