Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 12 March
There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate, there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.
The rich man ignores the suffering of Lazarus in his lifetime but calls out for his compassion when the tables are turned after death. Abraham tells the rich man that it is too late.
The time to act is now
Pope Francis tells us that we must not ignore the suffering of creation, for "our earth, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor".
Let us not ignore the cry of the earth. We and our governments must act decisively to address the current climate emergency. We can learn from some of the poorest communities of our world, who have deep wisdom to share about how we can better care for the earth and live sustainably.
Delio Siticonatzi Camaiteri, from the Ashaninka people, teaches at a university in the Peruvian Amazon. He told us:
“We live in harmony with nature. We hunt in the forest for fresh meat and if we want fish, we go to the river. This is our market. The Amazon is our heritage.
The present-day economy is one that devours everything. Young people are taught to consume, consume, consume. Companies continue to take what they want, and many people have not thought about the future of their children.
There are communities who already have lost everything: trees, rivers.
I tell our students, ‘You have the power to stop all of it. You can learn to live a conscious life, a simple life. Our shadow is a gigantic tree, and every morning you hear the songs of thousands of little birds. Don’t you want to defend that?’”
God of life, help me not to put off until tomorrow what I should be doing today. May I listen to the wisdom of my sisters and brothers who live in harmony with creation and learn from them how to alter my lifestyle, for the sake of everyone and for the sake of our common home. Amen.
Find out more about Delio and other climate defenders.