Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 28 March
“He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
Today’s readings teach us that we cannot be half-hearted in our faith. We cannot pay lip service to our beliefs without following through with our actions.
As Jesus says in the gospel, if we sit on the sidelines and don’t get involved, we don’t remain neutral, we have chosen against him.
The same might be said of the way we behave towards the world around us. We might not feel responsible for the poverty and injustice we see around us. We might not feel like it is our place to get involved.
But if we don’t, then who will? And if we don’t, aren’t we just choosing to keep things the way that they are?
As part of a global Church, we believe we have a responsibility to one another and to Creation, because we are all God’s children and the earth is God’s gift to us.
Time to step up
Eva works in Bolivia, supporting poor farming families to earn a better living from their land. Over the years, she has seen changes to the climate which are making things even harder for people already living on the edge.
She has some clear ideas about what needs to change:
“We don’t care enough for the environment. We need to adapt to the changes and not just say that the world has gone mad, because it is our children and our children’s children who will have to live here.
“We need to take more care and appreciate what our grandparents had. I think other countries should try to consume less. People are used to everything being quick and easy. Working with nature is slower.”
Let us try this Lent to overcome any reluctance we have to stand up and be counted. Let us try to put our faith into action and show our love for our neighbours and the world around us.
Christ Jesus, you call us to stand with you, to show our faith in all that we do. Lead me now to put your love into action in my life, reaching out to those who are hurt, hungry and abandoned. Amen.
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