Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 28 March

Butterfly in Zambia

A butterfly drinks nectar from a flower in Zambia.

We shall not fear though the earth should rock, though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea.  

Psalm 45: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9. R. v.8

The rain streams down the glass window pane, deterring me from walking the dog yet at the same time watering the earth and bringing forth new life.   

At the dawning of each day Flor from El Salvador rises, opens her eyes and gives thanks for the beauty of the mountains, the landscape and nature. She rises at 1.30am to make her way down the mountain to sell her flowers at dawn. The water flowing down the mountain irrigates her carnations, irrigating her soul.

The Lord irrigates my soul, washing out doubt and disbelief, planting faith and hope. When I feel sick with the news of God’s world being desecrated by war and creation being ripped apart, I pray I may feel the water of life flowing through me. When it feels like the mountains are falling, may I remember that the Lord will be my refuge and my strength. 

Pray

Eternal God, I know that if I open my eyes to the beauty around me, I feel more encouraged to play my part in protecting and nourishing your earth. I give thanks for those who work on the land, dependent on your rainfall, like Flor, appreciating the beauty of your world. I pray for those who desecrate the earth, that they might come to realise the dreadful destruction they are causing. Amen.

Act

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This reflection was written by Joy Wanless from Our Lady of Grace parish, Manchester.

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