From the Word of the Day
Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke?
Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own flesh? (Isaiah 58: 6-7)
At the beginning of His public life, when at Nazareth, He reads the page of Isaiah in the synagogue similar to the one cited above and He proclaims Himself the incarnation of that prophecy. He is the Messiah and the miracles confirm this. He has come to break evil chains; remove yokes; free the oppressed, and untie the thongs of the yoke. He does this without defeating the powerful ones of His time, because His revolution is from the grassroots. It begins with the people, even those not elected; He restores vitality, solicits sharing. He denounces the void that subjugates people to the cult tied to the law, not so much divine law, but the law made by men to exercise their power.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord to free me and the whole world from our subjugation to evil and sin.
Lord, help me to recognize my misery. Let me not justify myself by my pride in fasting and respecting norms and precepts that do not come from You. Give me a merciful heart that loves life.
The Voice of Pope Francis
Before this love as strong as death, the most miserable poor persons are the ones who do not accept to recognize themselves as such. They believe they are rich, but in reality they are the poorest of the poor. They are such because they are slaves to sin that move them to use riches and power to avoid serving God and others. Rather, they suffocate in themselves the deep awareness of being nothing other than poor beggars. The more the power and riches at their disposal, the greater their mendacious blindness can become. (Lenten 2016 Discourse)