Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 1 March - Ash Wednesday
Your Father, who sees all that is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Today is Ash Wednesday. As we begin our Lenten journey, we pray for the humility to walk back into the open arms of God.
Jesus teaches us to give, pray, and fast in secret, and in this way to give glory to God. Let us think about these three good deeds a little more deeply today.
Give. How can I give joyfully, and not reluctantly or out of self-righteousness? Can I look into the eyes of my sister or brother living in poverty, seeking to understand their hopes and struggles, and give generously to bring healing?
Pray. How can I create space to pray to the Lord? Can I close the door on the world, away from the hustle and bustle, to rekindle my relationship with God? Can I make time every day to do this, trusting that God’s grace will bring light to my life and to those around me?
Fast. How can I give up some of the things I normally indulge in to create more space for God? Can I give up chocolate or wine, complaining or arguing; and instead try to grow in love, peace, and kindness for my neighbours near and far?
Loving God, we pray that we may grow closer to your son, our Lord Jesus, and share our love with our sisters and brothers who are most vulnerable. Amen.
How can you give, pray or fast today to give glory to God? Please give to our Lent Appeal or pray for our sisters and brothers in Zambia. Thank you - the people we work with around the world are always grateful for your support.
This reflection was written by Rachel McCarthy from CAFOD’s Theology Programme.