"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin

Friday, May 27, 2011

Scripture Passage for the Day

Fasting like yours to-day
will never bear your prayers
on high.
Would I choose such a fast,
such penances?

To droop your head like a bulrush,
to lie in sackcloth and ashes --
is that what you call 'fasting'
a day the Eternal would

Is not this my chosen fast,
the Lord, the Eternal, asks,
to loosen all that fetters men
and to relax its grip,

to free poor debtors from their
and break what binds them?
It is to share your food with
hungry men,
and take the homeless to your
to clothe the naked when you
see them,
and never turn from any
Then shall light dawn for you,
with healing for your wounds;

you shall advance, your goodness
in the van,
and the Eternal's glory as
your rear-guard;
the Eternal will answer when
you call,
and, when you cry, he will say,
'Here am I!'

Is 58:4b-9a Moffatt Translation

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