On this first Friday of Lent, we are all called to abstain from meat, and fast each day from whatever we "gave up." The first reading, however, takes it to a new level. God through the prophet Isaiah tells us:
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 we may not be able to do all of these things, but may I suggest you pick one. Surely each of us can do one of these simple actions. A donation of food, clothing, or even the quick online donation to help those in need. We can do it.