Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 23 March

A beautiful tree in Karamoja, Uganda

A beautiful tree in Karamoja, Uganda

Listen to my voice, then I will be your God and you shall be my people.

Jeremiah 7:23-28

In this passage from Jeremiah, God’s people do not listen to the voice of the Lord but instead follow the dictates of their own hearts.

In today’s society we are constantly connected: to emails, to phones, to the radio, to television, to music. We live busy lives, balancing work with making time for family and for friends, constantly rushing from one thing to the next. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si’ refers to this as ‘rapidification’, a more intensified pace of life and work.

With all of this going on, how good are we at setting aside time to listen to God’s voice? You can hear something by accident but we cannot listen by accident. To listen we need to be attentive and present, it takes energy and time.

Last year I was inspired by Father Edwin Gariguez, from CAFOD’s partner Caritas Philippines, who visited the UK to talk about the relationship between indigenous communities and creation.

He took time out whilst in London to connect with God. He said, “I would walk in the park and look among the trees and to the sky and feel that this was where I can find God. I find God in the beauty of creation”.

Pray

Lord, I pray for stillness and peace so that I may see your beauty around me. Amen.

Act

Switch off your phone and spend some time outside today reflecting on the beauty of creation. Download this prayer in union with creation to help guide you.

Download the prayer

This reflection was written by Sarah Croft who works in CAFOD’s Campaigns team.

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