Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 3 March
This son of mine was lost and is found.
The story of the prodigal son is a familiar one. The son runs away to a distant country and wastes every penny his father has given him. The country soon experiences famine, and he starts to feel hungry. His pangs of hunger wake him up and he realises he has sinned. So he returns to his father to seek forgiveness.
We too, like the prodigal son, can see the results of our actions all around us. Our cities are thick with pollution. Our seas are awash with plastic. And in countries like Kenya, animals are dying due to a lack of water.
As Pope Francis says, “God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement.” (Laudato Si’ #89)
“We must examine our lives and acknowledge the ways in which we have harmed God’s creation through our actions and our failure to act. We need to experience a conversion, or change of heart.” (#218)
Let us pray for a change of heart. May we come back to God with all our hearts, giving thanks for this precious world of ours.
God of mercy, forgive us the times we walk away from you. We thank you, Lord, for your tenderness and love as we turn back to you. Amen.
Take some time today to be with God in a park, garden, or a quiet room. Give thanks to God for the wonderful world which has been given to us. Download our Laudato Si’ reflection to inspire you.