Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 2 March
For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome.
Saint David, Patron Saint of Wales, said on his deathbed: “Do the little things you have heard and seen of me.”
In the gospel reading, Jesus makes clear the significance of the “little things”: each time we reach out to someone who is hungry, thirsty, a stranger, sick or imprisoned, we are serving Christ himself.
Farida Yasmin lost the use of her legs when she was two-and-a-half years old. Her mobility is further restricted as there are few paved roads in the area where she lives in Bangladesh and the path outside her home quickly turns to mud when it rains.
But Farida chooses not to dwell on the challenges she faces. Instead, in gratitude for the love and support she has received from her family, she dedicates herself to helping others.
As a disability rights activist, she has worked with local experts in Action on Disability and Development Bangladesh (ADD), to help disability support groups across the country.
Farida does not want simple handouts. “They give you a card and 10kg of rice. But how long will rice last?” she asks. Instead, she seeks to help disabled people become self-sufficient by teaching them their rights and their worth as human beings:
“We had a disabled brother who used to beg, but he now owns a shop. A lot of people, if given a small investment, can fend for themselves.”
Let’s try to recognise Christ in all people that we meet today. Where we might have been tempted to turn away, let us instead go closer and give our love to those who need us.
Christ Jesus, work through me so that I may be filled with your love. In turn, may I reach out with love to those who are hungry, thirsty, a stranger, sick or imprisoned, and see you in all people. Amen.
Read more to see how our work started and what the first Family Fast Day was all about.