Setting the oppressed free
In a city where over half a million- were classed as being “over indebted” - regularly struggling to keep up with financial commitments and/or missing at least 3 bill payments in last 6 months. In a city where debt is at a higher level than elsewhere: Londoners owe more on credit cards, loans and other credit debts than anywhere else in the country. Londoners also have higher arrears on essential bills and face a greater struggle to make ends meet.
The church must and the church is responding.
Could you offer such a lifeline in your parish?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.