Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 4 April

Vladimir and his wife stand in their field and look at the vegetables that they are growing

Vladimir and his wife Maria take time to contemplate the work they have done on their land

“They have been quick to leave the way I marked out for them; they have made themselves a calf of molten metal and have worshipped it...” 

Exodus 32:7-17

What is it that we worship? We can only know when we really examine our actions.  

It may be easy to say that we worship God and God alone, but we all know that we are tempted to spend far less time on prayer than other things.  

We ask ourselves how difficult it can be to find five minutes today to spend in contemplation… And yet we struggle. 

Take time to look

Pope Francis suggests that we spend time contemplating the beauty and wonder of nature. He indicates in Laudato Si’ (#75) that this will remind us of the power of God. It is a way to lessen the temptation to worship something else, such as consumer goods.  

As Pope Francis writes, ‘’A spirituality which forgets God as all-powerful and Creator is not acceptable.   

“That is how we end up worshipping earthly powers, or ourselves usurping the place of God, even to the point of claiming an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot.’’

Respect the earth 

On the Altiplano in Bolivia, Vladimir and his wife Maria are really proud of the work they have done on their land, growing vegetables. Vladimir is especially pleased with their organic approach to the earth. 

He says, “Looking after the land helps the environment and that in turn helps other people. But lots of other people aren't interested in doing that. In order to look after the earth, we mustn't use chemicals. That's so important.”

Lent prayer

God our Father, sometimes I find it hard to make time to contemplate the wonder and beauty of the world you have created. Yet I know that you are the Creator of all that is. Inspire in me a gratitude for your great gifts and lead me to care for your creation. Amen.

Act

Watch Vladimir’s video and join him in prayer – giving thanks for the gifts of creation.  

Find more prayers on the theme of creation to use for your personal prayer time or to share with others. 

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