God Hears the Cries of His People
Read Psalm 22: 22-31
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever! —Psalm 22:26
Reflection: While "My God my God, why have you forsaken me!" is how this Psalm begins, in the verses that follow, we see the other side of this lament. We see the confirmation of God’s undying love for us. Lent can feel a lot like this. In our prayer, fasting or other forms of sacrifice we can feel alone, isolated and even abandoned. However, with the right intent: fasting, prayer and sacrifice actually brings us closer to the warmth, protection and promise of God’s saving grace.
That is why the Fast from Fast Food is not just about the act of abstaining but rather the intent behind it. We do this to be in communion with our brothers and sisters who are feeling the scorn of injustice. We do this to bring light to the dark dealings of indifference and oppressive practice of poverty wages. The psalmist reminds us that God “has not despised nor disregarded the poverty of the poor, has not turned away his face, but has listened to the cry for help.” God hears us! We are not alone. It is because of this that we can go boldly forward as God promises “the poor will eat and be filled." So let us embrace our fast, prayer and sacrifice as we walk hand in hand with the right frame of mind in our heads and the right intent in our hearts.
By Rudy López, Executive Director
Pray: Oh all powerful and ever-loving God, you hear the cry of your people. Help me to have the courage to endure as I have heard their cries as well. Touch the hearts of those who oppress your children, and allow them to see their profit in the beauty of justice and the nobility of fairness. Amen.
“Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.” ― Pope Benedict XVI