Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 20 March

Suchandra and his son look after saplings they have grown in their garden. They are smiling and happy

Suchandra and his son looking after saplings in their garden

“Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave” 

Matthew 20:17-28

Today is International Day of Happiness. What is it that makes you happy? 

So often we are drawn into believing that certain things will bring us joy. We strive for the next step up the ladder, the new car, the bigger house, the latest gadget. And yet, once we get there, we start looking for the next attainment. Our happiness is fleeting, we are once again dissatisfied.  

Jesus tells his disciples that if they want to be great and powerful, they need to be humble. They need to serve others. This is counter-intuitive. It goes against the norm.  

Perhaps we need to go against the norm in our search for happiness too. Rather than trying to get the newest and the best stuff, we can instead step out of the race, and make time and space for people.  

If we focus on building good relationships with our neighbours, with God, with ourselves and with creation, this is the way to true happiness and fulfilment.  

In turn we may then find it easier to serve others, rather than being slaves to our own desires. In this way, we can help others reach their full potential, and build a happy and dignified life. 

Lent prayer

God of joy, help me to see that true happiness comes from you. Fill me with your love and lead me to serve others in whatever way I can. Amen.   


On this International Happiness Day, watch this joyous video.

Thank you for all that you already do to bring hope and joy to our world. How else can you use your talents to serve others this Lent? Check out our A-Z of fundraising ideas to get inspired and make a difference this Lent.

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