Wow. Just imagine if we did what God said. Removing oppression, false accusation and malicious speech. Bestowing bread on the hungry and satisfying the afflicted. Can you imagine what we could be, what the world would be like if we did these things? Wow.
Yet, that is what Lent is all about. It is about allowing God to transform us so that what is amazing is not doing the things we heard in Isaiah’s reading, but that it would be amazing that anyone chose NOT to do what we heard. Lent is about doing something, really doing something so that we can have a deeper relationship with Jesus. Not just focusing on going to Mass, or following the rules of the Church, but doing so because we have discovered in our relationship with Jesus that going to Mass and living the Christian life is very much the way in which our relationship with Jesus can come alive!
I remember reading a book by Matthew Kelly once where he referred to the question, “Will the world ever change?” And the answer, if I remember it was, “Not if each one of us does.” Because, whether we like it or not, the world changes with each of the choices we make. Choose then, a deeper relationship with Christ, so that the world and everyone in it may receive its ultimate fulfillment.