Turn on the Lights

 You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight.

     You fast, but you swing a mean fist.
     The kind of fasting you do
     won’t get your prayers off the ground.
     Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after:
     a day to show off humility?
     To put on a pious long face
     and parade around solemnly in black?
     Do you call that fasting,
     a fast day that I, God, would like?
     6–9     “This is the kind of fast day I’m after:
     to break the chains of injustice,
     get rid of exploitation in the workplace,
     free the oppressed,
     cancel debts.
     What I’m interested in seeing you do is:
     sharing your food with the hungry,
     inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
     putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,
     being available to your own families.
     Do this and the lights will turn on,
     and your lives will turn around at once.

Peterson, Eugene H.: The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, Colo. : NavPress, 2002, S. Is 58:4-8

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