Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 19 February
In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it to me.
Today we reflect on how Christ is among the most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers.
Families who have nothing to eat and no water to drink; people who have been forced to flee their homes; members of our own communities who are sick or in prison. Christ is with them.
Blessed Oscar Romero preached on this gospel in El Salvador, and his words ring true for us today. He proclaimed:
“In these countries of ours, dear brothers and sisters, Christ is so profusely present. It would be a shame for us to live so surrounded by Christ’s presence – because we are truly saturated with poor people – and not to have recognised him there.
“It would be a shame to have spent so many years with comforts, with wealth, and not to have been concerned about that Christ who knocked at our doors and met us on the streets.
“I ask God’s forgiveness for not having always been the Christian that God would have liked me to be... We should truly make God’s kingdom a kingdom where the greatest law is love.”
(A Prophetic Bishop Speaks to his People)
Inspired by Romero, let us play our part in building Christ’s kingdom of love here on earth.
God of justice, forgive us the times we have turned away from you. Move us to stop, to listen, to be present to the poorest of our sisters and brothers. Amen.
Download our Romero reflection and spend some time today in quiet prayer. How can you show your love and closeness to Christ through your actions this week?