Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 16 March

Man outside home in Gaza CAFOD

Shadi, 25, sits outside the remains of his home after bombing in Gaza

You know me and you know where I came from. Yet…there is one who sent me and I really come from him.

John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Jesus is increasingly persecuted in his home country. People are out to kill him and speculation fires their hatred. They say they know where he comes from and so he cannot be sent from God. 

Sadly, people are still stigmatised for where they come from. Jesus teaches us not to judge others, but to remember we are all connected as children of God.

In the Holy Land today, communities are being torn apart by violence. Our partner Caritas Jerusalem has spoken out against the attacks on both Palestinian and Israeli civilians.

Father Raed Abusahlia, former Director of Caritas Jerusalem, warns, “Hysterical fear or panic and incitement will lead to dramatic consequences such as the killing of innocent people.”

The people urgently need a peaceful resolution, based on understanding and forgiveness.

“End the occupation as soon as possible, once and for all” says Father Abusahlia. “Give hope to both sides instead of the situation of despair in which we are currently living.”

Lent prayer

Lord Jesus, we pray for all those who live under threat of violence and war. We pray that the fruits of healing and understanding may blossom. Amen. 

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