Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 16 March

Mahinur and Khalek on the porch outside their home in Bangladesh. Khalek is standing with the help of crutches.

Mahinur and Khalek on the porch outside their home

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” 

Matthew 5:43-48

It is not easy to turn the other cheek. When someone wrongs us, our natural reaction is anger. But Jesus asks us to love our enemies and to pray for those who make our lives difficult.  

Mahinur faces a hard time trying to make ends meet and get enough food for herself and her family in Bangladesh. On top of this, she also faces prejudice from her neighbours.  

She explains, “My neighbours think I’m not a nice woman because I shouldn’t be going out earning money. It’s not what women do.” 

“Some of the neighbours are unkind about my husband because of his disability. They say ‘The man is old and disabled and can’t do anything. The son is just like him.’” 

Recently Mahinur was left out of a neighbourhood celebration. Everyone made food to share, but she was excluded.  

Mahinur is defiant and determined to earn the money her family so desperately needs. But it is painful, knowing her neighbours disapprove.  

How would you feel if you were left out because you were trying to earn money for your family? Would you be able to love your neighbours and pray for them in these circumstances? 

Let us make a special effort today to pray for those who we find difficult to like. Let us also pray for all those people who are persecuted or discriminated against by others.  

Lent prayer

God of all, everyone is valuable in your sight. Open my eyes to the dignity of each person, made in your image. Help me to seek forgiveness from those I have wronged, and to forgive others in my turn. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

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