learn to do good;
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)
We can focus on ‘being good’. Isaiah reminds us of the importance of actions – doing good. The formula outlined in this passage is repeated in the Hebrew scriptures – look after those on the margins of society. Look after those crushed by ‘the system’ (the oppressed) and those who have no connection to society and thus no ‘safety net’ (the orphan and the widow).
Such actions focus not on GDP nor KPIs but focus on ‘the other’ – not me, but we. When my focus is other-directed, I become whole as do those in need and thus our society. For us and the young people in our care, this is the path to wholeness and holiness.
Have a great week!