Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 27 February

People living in refugee camps

Lu Worrall slept in a tent in solidarity with people living in refugee camps

Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.

Matthew 23:1-12

In today’s gospel, Jesus warns us not to try to show how we are better than other people. Instead, we are called to live our lives with humility and service.

Lu Worrall, a mother of four from Dorset, did something amazing during Lent last year. She sacrificed her warm bed to sleep in a tent for 40 nights.

She explained, “I am frequently reminded that we have so much to be grateful for; warmth, clothing, food, education and a place of safety. I wanted to stand in solidarity with those who have little or no access to the fundamental things every child has a right to.” 

Lu raised over £1,000 for CAFOD’s work with migrants and refugees, especially those fleeing the conflict in Syria. This act of solidarity brought her closer to people who have no place to call home.

“I found I was a bit lonely, a bit cold and a bit scared, which I didn't expect; that was all knowing that I had a house I could run into and more layers than you could imagine. It was sobering as I thought of the displaced refugees who have little to comfort them.”

Inspired by Lu, let us try to follow Christ by drawing close to people who are vulnerable.

Lent prayer

God of all, take away our selfishness and fill us with compassion for our sisters and brothers in need. Amen.

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