Daily Meditation – 19th February

Image above – Station 1 Jesus is condemned

‘“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do  not notice?” Look, says the Lord: you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to  fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not  make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to  humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in  sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? 

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the  thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is  it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into  your house; when you see them naked, to cover them, and not hide yourself  from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and  your healing shall spring up quickly, your vindicator shall go before you, the  glory of the Lord shall be your rear-guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord  will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.’ (Isaiah 58.3- 9) 

‘Enter into the mystery of silence.  

Your goal in life is not to hold your tongue but to love, to know yourself  and to receive your God. You need to learn how to listen, how to retreat  into the depths, how to rise above yourself. Silence leads you to all this, so  seek it lovingly and vigilantly. But beware of false silence: Yours should be  neither taciturnity nor glumness. Authentic silence is the gateway to  peace, adoration and love. 

Live your silence, don’t merely endure it.’ (Pierre-Marie Delfieux) 

We have some way to go before it is the righteous and just person who is not rejected and persecuted and wronged by our society and its values.