Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 11 March

Nicanora harvesting onions in her garden in Bolivia

Nicanora harvesting onions from her garden

“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome…” 

Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus is pretty clear in what he says to his disciples in today’s gospel reading.  

Each time that we reach out to someone who is hungry, thirsty, sick or imprisoned, we are growing closer to Christ himself.  

This is quite some call to action. It can feel like a daunting task. 

Make me welcome

With your help, we are working across the world to make a difference to people in need.  

Nicanora has been helped by local experts in her community in Bolivia to build a greenhouse and to improve the water supply for her vegetables. 

Nicanora says, “Before we had the greenhouse, we ate very few vegetables, really just onions. But now we do have enough to eat. I feel great. The biggest change is that now I cook what I want. I have potatoes, beans, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce. I didn’t have these before.” 

Let us go out today and try to recognise Christ in all people that we meet. Where we might have been tempted to turn away, let us instead go closer and give our love to those who need us. 

Lent prayer

Christ Jesus, work through me so that I may be filled with your love. In turn may I reach out with love to those who are hungry, thirsty, sick or imprisoned, and see you in all people. Amen.


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