Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 1 April

Reading scripture at home in Zambia.

Reading scripture at home in Zambia.

If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples, you will learn the truth and the truth will make you free.

John 8:31-32

Today we are reminded how important it is to listen to the word of God.  

The Bishops of England and Wales have declared this year a special Year of the Word. It is an opportunity for us to remind ourselves of how Scripture should be at the heart of how we live our lives.  

The Bible teaches us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and how we relate to others. We are called to respond to the God who speaks to us through Scripture, and to reach out in love to those around us, whether near or far.  

By listening to all that God has to say to us, and by following the example of Jesus, the Word made flesh, we can come to understand the truth about God’s love for us, and for all people, especially those who are poor.  

But what does this truth mean for the way that we live our lives and treat other people? Especially those who are on the margins?  

It is not always easy to face up to the truth. There are things that we would rather not admit to others or even to ourselves. There are times when it is easier to turn away, to keep things the way that they have always been.  

Lent is a good time to reflect on these truths though – after all, if we never face up to them, we’ll never change. It is a good time to do something active to make a difference and begin to feel more connected to people who are living in poverty, all over the world. 

Lent prayer

Father, help me to listen to your word and respond to the truth that you show me. May I have the courage and strength to bring about change in whatever small ways I can. Amen. 

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