Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 26 March - Mothering Sunday

Lilian making food in Zambia

Lilian preparing food with her young children in Zambia

I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see.

John 9:1-14

In healing the man born blind, Jesus reveals himself as the light of the world. The Jews and Pharisees doubt that this could have really happened. They cannot see that this is a sign. Jesus responds by saying he has come into the world in order to carry out the work of God.

We are called to carry out God’s work in the world and to be examples of love and mercy. If somebody filmed your day, would your faith be evident in the way that you live?

Lilian Nanyangwe Chansa, 42, is a single mother who is living with HIV in Zambia. She describes how she could feel God’s work in the Sisters who give care in her community: “They are here for me. They cared for my brother and I would not be here without their love and support – they are my God.”

With CAFOD’s help, Lilian is learning how to farm as well as to administer care to people like her, living positively. She says, “They heard how I looked after my brother and that I have a good heart, so they asked me to become a care giver. I did.”

Lilian is using her gifts to show God’s love in caring for others. Today, may we be inspired by her example to carry out God’s work through our actions.


Lord, I pray you may bless Lilian with strength, that through her hands others will feel your love. Amen.


If you are able to donate to or fundraise for our Lent Appeal today, your gift will mean the Sisters can do more of their life-changing work. If you have already given: thank you!


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

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