Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 17 April

A girl rests a hand on her grandmother's shoulder, giving comfort and support.

Nirjala supports her grandmother in Nepal, listening to her and helping her with chores.

“The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech.” 

Isaiah 50:4-9

It can be hard to know what to do or what to say when someone is in crisis. Do they need sympathy? Do they need a solution? Do they just need someone to listen and say nothing at all?  

In this reading the prophet Isaiah describes how he is given a disciple’s tongue so that he knows what to say to those in need. The Lord has opened his ear to listen like a disciple.  

So what does that mean today? How can we listen and speak like a disciple?  

Throughout Lent we have listened to the words of Scripture and of our sisters and brothers around the world in this calendar. We have made time to hear what they have to say. 

And we have been inspired to respond to our global family: through prayer, through action, through giving. In our own ways, we have reached out in love to those whose stories we have heard. Our love is practical not abstract. 

As Lent draws to a close, let us pray that we can continue to find the right response. Let us speak up when needed and take action when that is what feels right.  

In this way, through God’s grace, may we hear and speak like a disciple.

Holy Week prayer

Lord, open our ears to hear your word, to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of people who are poor. Speak through us so that we may always find the right words of comfort for those who are weary. May our response to our sisters and brothers be one of compassion and love. Amen. 


Watch this uplifting video prayer for children (but suitable for all ages!) about care for our global neighbours. 

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