Isaiah 58:6-7 says; “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” The people of Judah were fasting and going through the motions of “religion” and forgetting the practical applications of their faith. The 10 commandments are summarized by loving God and loving others. God was fine with the people of Judah fasting while they were seeking justice and mercy for the oppressed in society. We must not forget the importance of justice and mercy in our personal and church lives. In our HOPE listening sessions, there were deeply personal stories of injustice that touched all in that room. It is my prayer that we continue as a church to promote justice in our society that gives a voice to those who have none today.