Here is part of our Old Testament reading, from Isaiah: ‘Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, 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 the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness 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, and he will say, Here I am’.

In this time of pandemic, the call to us to exercise the works of charity is as strong as ever. In these times of extreme limitation, though, we should also bear in mind the words of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), who said that through prayer we can be on all fronts, even if we cannot get to people to help them. God is never outdone in generosity, and will come to our aid. May God bless you this day.