Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 23 March

Eva stands proudly with Nicanora who she has supported to grow more vegetables

Eva (right) with Nicanora who she has supported to grow more food

“The Lord is compassion and love.” 

Psalm 102:1-4, 9-12 R v 18

We are reminded today that God doesn’t just act compassionately and lovingly, but God is compassion and love.  

This is intense, inescapable. There is no distance between God and love. God doesn’t have to try hard to feel love for us, or to show compassion for us. That is the state of God’s being. No one is beyond the reach of God’s love. 

And God created us out of this love and for love. We are called to love God and one another in our turn. 

Giving out of love

Eva works with poor families in Bolivia, helping them to grow food, build greenhouses and water tanks. She is able to do this because of the support of people like you. Support which is given with love. 

She says, “It seems incredible to me that someone who you don’t know will support you. You are not just passengers in this process. You are an integral part. Without your support, it wouldn’t be possible to create opportunities for people. It wouldn’t be possible to make dreams come true. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.” 

Eva is also thrilled to know that there are people in England and Wales praying for her and for the people that she works with: 

“My faith is connected to people from other countries. I imagine people who are praying. This makes me very emotional.” 

This Lent let us reach out to our sisters and brothers around the world. Let us try to be compassion and love.  

Lent prayer

Lord, you are compassion and love. Work through me so that I may bring your love to those I meet, and to those I might not meet but whose lives and stories still touch my own. Amen. 

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