Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 2 April
“Whenever the river flows, all living creatures teeming in it will live. Fish will be very plentiful, for wherever the water goes it brings health, and life teems wherever the river flows. Along the river on either bank, will grow every kind of fruit tree with leaves that never wither and fruit that never fails.”
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
In Bangladesh, Mahinur would love to be able to catch fish, enough to eat and to sell. She says,
“I've always fished. Some years back, there was an abundance of fish.
“I used to use a line and pole to catch them. There were so many different types of fish readily available. But year after year they've disappeared. This year I haven't caught any fish yet at all.”
In 2015, Pope Francis published his encyclical, Laudato Si’. He reminds us that the earth ought to be full of life, teeming with every kind of living creature. And yet, he says, we have made it a “pile of filth”.
Care for our common home
Our lifestyles of constant consumption and waste are destroying the earth on which we depend. Our seas are full of plastic. We are distracted by new things – new phones, TVs, gadgets – even when the ones we have still work. As the Pope says,
“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.
“Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.” Laudato Si’ #53
During Lent, let’s reflect on our lifestyles. How can we change in order to protect our common home and other living creatures? How can we build a world of peace, beauty and fullness?
Creator God, I am sorry for the times I have wasted what I have and polluted my surroundings. I am sorry for the damage to our common home. May we all be inspired to change the way we live and witness to our hope for a new world of peace, beauty and fullness. Amen.
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