Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 22 March
“I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
In this parable the tenants of the land take more than their due. When harvest time comes, they want to keep it all for themselves rather than sharing it with the landowner. They kill his servants and his son. But in the end they lose everything.
In his encyclical Laudato Si’ Pope Francis writes:
“[The earth] now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.” (#2)
We have become like the tenants in the reading, believing that we can take and use what we want without consequence.
The earth cries out
But this is having a profound impact on the poorest and most vulnerable people in our shared world, as a changing climate brings more and more severe weather events.
When Cyclone Mahasen hit Bangladesh in 2013, Suchandra and Monica’s home was badly damaged. The roof came off, the walls came down. Everything was destroyed.
The family took out a loan to rebuild. Four years on, they are still repaying it. Monica says:
“We never completely repaired our home and we’re in debt. When the rain falls, it’s heavy and the water comes in.”
If another storm like Mahasen hits, Monica doesn’t know what they will do. They have no savings. They would have no way to rebuild. They are caught in a spiral of debt, often having to borrow from neighbours to make their loan repayments.
It is time to rediscover our connection with the land and with all people who share this earth, our common home. Only in this way will we be able to produce the fruit of the kingdom together.
Creator God, restore my relationships with others and the earth, so that we might feel truly connected. Work through us to produce your fruit. Amen.
Watch our 4 minute Laudato Si’ animation about caring for our earth and share it with someone you know.