3rd Day of Lent

First Reading Isaiah 58:1-9

Share your bread with the hungry

Under the listing of “Pet and Animal Sitting” in the yellow pages of our telephone directory there are so many ads. Here are some of the services provided:

Pet Hotel and Grooming Salon, Where your friends stay with friends, Professional Grooming, All breeds of Dogs and Cats, Flea treatment, Mediated Baths, A wide variety of Dog suites and Cat Suites available, 3 Daily Exercise periods, Pet supplies and pet food available, Basic and Advanced Obedience, Private and Group Lessons, Behavior Modification, Pick up service available, Pet Taxi, House Sitting 24/7 service…

When the initial humor of the ad fades, we suddenly realize that we take better care of our pets than we do of the poor.

This is the kind of thing God confronts us with, through the prophet Isaiah, in today’s reading.

What are we doing toward feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked?

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” John F. Kennedy.