Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 5 March

Best friends, Yamileth and Daniela, who are working with CAFOD support to help improve the water supply in their neighbourhood in southern Lima.

Best friends, Yamileth (left) and Daniela (right) are working with CAFOD support in southern Lima to help improve the water supply in their neighbourhood.

So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:12

Today’s readings are about how God will come to our aid if we ask. Those who ask will receive. Those who search will find.

It can be hard to hold onto this hope when things aren’t going right. It can feel like the whole world is against us. We might not receive the answer to our prayers that we are looking for. We might feel like we haven’t been answered at all.

But God does not abandon us. And we are reminded not to abandon one another.

We can help one another. We can support one another, right across our global family. We can stand alongside each other when times are tough. We can raise our voices to make the cries of those who are in need heard throughout the world.

We can treat others as we want to be treated. And in this way, we might just be the answer to someone else’s prayers.

Lent prayer

God of compassion, hear my call in my time of need. Lead me to be there for others and to treat them as I want to be treated. In this way, may all people know that you are with them. Amen.


Today, treat others as you would wish to be treated. And spend some time with God in prayer, believing that God will listen and answer.

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