“…If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” (Is 58: 10-11)

As the fasting season draws to a close, and we prepare to accompany our Lord Jesus Christ on His way to the Cross, let me “extend my soul” to others, including Him. Today let me take a step back from my own expectations of others, and see what I can do, however small, to “satisfy the afflicted soul” in my vicinity. As the Prophet Isaiah reminds me today, it is by giving of myself that I myself receive. When I share the little that I have, even my “darkness” becomes “as noonday,” as the Prophet says; the Lord satisfies my soul “in draught,” and makes me like “a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

Thank You, Lord, for giving us so much, in return for so little! Let me “extend my soul” a bit today, and be both giving and for-giving, that I may have light instead of darkness. “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mt 21: 9)

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