Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 21 March
“There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate, there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.”
The rich man is nameless. He could be anyone. But the poor man in the story is called Lazarus. Jesus takes the time to give him a name. He sees Lazarus as a person, an individual with value.
This shows us the favour that God bestows on those who are poor among us. All people are important to God. We are all loved and valued in God’s eyes. But there is a special place in God’s heart for those who are poor.
The rich man ignores Lazarus in his lifetime but calls out for his compassion and help when the tables are turned after death. Abraham tells the rich man that it is too late.
Respond with love
We are all called to live in solidarity. To treat people who are poor the way that God treats them – with special care and attention.
We cannot turn away from those who are in need.
On earlier days this Lent we have seen how Mahinur faces hardship as she struggles to put food on the table for her family in Bangladesh. But she is not begging for scraps from the rich man’s table. She is working hard, doing whatever she can to make a living.
With a little help, she could do so much more.
God of life, help me to listen to the cries of my sisters and brothers around the world who need help. May I respond with love, sharing what I have, and so catch a glimpse of your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
Can you silently pray the Fast Day grace before a meal today? Let the words inspire you to do what you can to help others during Lent.