Jesus says: I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. We know by the context he is speaking about the Law. And so one has to wonder what it means to fulfill the Law? It is not a new question. Isaiah is recounting a divine conversation. Israel wonders why they fast, and God doesn’t respond, why they humble themselves, and God doesn’t reply. God’s answer is to go look in the mirror, so to speak. The divine voice points out how self-serving their fasts are; how they oppress workers, and they so strike quickly. The fast God chooses is: the loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, to share our bread with the hungry, to bring the homeless into our homes, to cover the naked, and not to hide from our kin. I am particularly caught up by how personal God gets; it is our bread, not left overs, not what we purchase extra , but bread off our table with which we are to feed the hungry. It is not a shelter, or a motel room, it is our house where we are to house the homeless.
Over the last week I have heard and read stories of people reaching out to strangers in the winter storms that have been sweeping the country. In part I think they reveal how the Kingdom has come. In part they reveal how far off the Kingdom is, because we are surprised by peoples’ generosity. We shouldn’t be; it should be the norm, not the exception.