Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 28 February

Woman in Nepal with a handful of rice

Suku Maya Tamang from Nepal saved a sack of rice to feed her family, before the earthquake struck

Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom.

Matthew 20:17-28

The mother of Zebedee’s sons comes to Jesus. Bowing low, she asks him to save seats for her sons in the kingdom. She knows this is a lot to ask, and she is opening herself to ridicule. But she only wants the best for her sons – who can blame her?

Sometimes we all have to make sacrifices with love for our family.

Suku Maya Tamang is a mother in Nepal. A few years ago, her five-year-old son was playing outside the house. Suddenly, Suku felt the ground trembling beneath her feet.

In this moment of terror, she only had one thought: to save her son. Scooping her child in her arms, she showed great courage and faith.

“I don’t know how,” she said, “but I rushed inside the house and pulled out our sack of rice, and ran down the hill holding my son and the sack.”

It’s amazing to think that Suku risked her own life to go back into the house. She rescued her son and the sack of rice – a lifeline for her family.

A new life for Suku’s family

Suku didn’t know it then, but over 8,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake, and half a million homes were destroyed. Many families who survived lost their source of food, as the earthquake reduced supplies to rubble.    

This mother’s act of courage saved her children’s lives. She said, “We have been careful not to eat all the rice quickly, because we first have to find our feet again, so for now this bag of rice is still feeding the family.”

Inspired by Suku, may we act with courage to build a better world for God’s family.

Lent prayer

Servant King, you gave yourself as a sacrifice of love on the cross. Help us to serve our sisters and brothers in a spirit of generosity and compassion. Amen. 

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