Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 21 March

A child refugee in Bangladesh - CAFOD in Lent

Halima, 8, collects firewood in a refugee camp in Bangladesh where she is living with her family

If God were your father, you would love me.

John 8:31-42

Today’s reading is one to wrestle with. The people don’t believe a word of what Jesus says. They want to kill him.

How can this possibly relate to me and my life? Surely as a follower of Christ, I can’t understand those who want to kill the Lord?

The truth is we are all, to use Jesus’ words, “slaves to sin”. We, too, are held down by shackles of jealousy, resentment, or anger. When we harden our hearts to our sister and brother, we harden our hearts to God. We were born for love, but sometimes our actions do not show it.

Pope Francis says, “Every heart wounded by sin – as each one of us has – must undertake a journey of healing in order to be more like ‘our heavenly Father who is perfect’.”

Let us pray we might find it in our hearts to love all those who hurt us.

Lent prayer   

God of all, give us the grace to pray for those who we feel have done wrong. Change our hearts so we may see them as you do. May you embrace them with your love. Amen. 


Today is the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination. Pray for all those who are persecuted around the world, especially Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh. Please also pray for all those who turn to violence.

Then sign our Share the Journey petition, and urge the Prime Minister to respect the human dignity of people who are fleeing their homes.  

Sign CAFOD Petition 

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