Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 28 March

Thorns in Kenya CAFOD Lent reflection

Thorns in Kenya. During Holy Week we journey with Jesus, who wears a crown of thorns on the Cross

For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle.

Isaiah 50:4-9

The Cross is drawing ever closer. The Prophet Isaiah foresaw this was going to happen. In his vision, the Lord takes every insult upon himself.

In spite of all he is going through, Jesus fixes his gaze on God the Father. In today’s psalm, we hear how the Lord will rise in glory, and “the poor when they see it will be glad” (Psalm 68).

We take two pieces of comfort from today’s readings. First, that Christ Jesus deeply understands our human suffering. He knows what it is like to thirst and to look injustice in the face. Our sisters and brothers who face the hardest trials are not alone.

Second, that God will never desert us. The Lord listens to our cries for help and he will set us free.

Lent prayer

Lord, you did not cover your face, but held firm in your faith in God. Help us remember that you are with us always, especially in our times of trial.  Amen. 

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