Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 6 March
Your Father will not forgive you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.
Forgiveness is at the heart of our Christian life. Yet it is often easier said than done. We might be hurt by what a member of our family or a friend has said or done, and we can remember this for a long time. But they are often hurting too.
We are constantly called to love and forgive one another. Just as God forgives us our sins, so we are called to forgive our sisters and brothers.
We pray for our neighbours around the world who are struggling to forgive when their lives have been torn apart by conflict.
In South Sudan, the UN reports that 2.1 million people have fled to neighbouring countries to escape conflict and 1.86 million people are internally displaced. Sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, and children have been killed in the ongoing fighting.
Father Louis Okot, a Comboni priest in South Sudan, speaks of forgiveness as the path to peace. He says, “Forgiveness builds us up and helps us move on; whereas revenge destroys and creates bitterness. Forgiving helps us to heal our own wounds.”
We pray for peace in our own hearts and in our world, so that all our human family can flourish.
Lord, have mercy on us for the times we have chased only our own desires, when we have treated the earth like a thing thrown away, when we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Grant us your peace. Amen.
Download Father Louis’ inspiring message on forgiveness. Pray for forgiveness in your own life and around the world.