Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 6 March - Ash Wednesday

Mahinur and her son Rabiul in their boat on the river outside their house in Bangladesh

Mahinur and her son Rabiul in Bangladesh

"Now, now – it is the Lord who speaks – come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning."

Joel 2:12-18

Today, on Ash Wednesday, Lent starts. It is a time for new beginnings. A time when we are filled with good intentions.  

This Lenten season, what are you going to do? Will you pray more? Give something up? Share what you have with others? 

We don’t have to announce how much we donate, or what we are giving up, but we are called to make a change. Today’s gospel (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18) warns us against trumpeting our good intentions. For God sees all that we do, and we don’t need to seek glory from others. 

Take time

It is time to give ourselves to God in prayer, to go without to remind ourselves of what is truly important, and to share with others who are in need.  

It is time to remind ourselves of how much God loves us, how much God forgives. And to remember that no one is beyond the reach of God’s love.  

In this way, we renew our relationships, with God and with each other – especially with our brothers and sisters who are living in poverty.  

People like Mahinur, who lives in Bangladesh, with her husband and son, both of whom have disabilities. Mahinur is the only one who is able to support the family – and she is struggling.  

This Lent, let us hold Mahinur in our prayers, and all who are finding life tough. And let us commit to doing our best this Lent to turn back to God and to reach out with love to our global family. 

Lent prayer

God of love, rich in justice and mercy, as I turn back to you this Lent, inspire me to reach out to others with compassion and love. May my Lenten journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving open my eyes to the dignity of each person. Amen.

Act

Commit to making time this Lent for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Eat a simple meal on Family Fast Day or give something up throughout Lent and give the money that you save. Pray with us throughout Lent for people like Mahinur who are living in poverty. 

If you are a teacher, download our Lent calendar for children, or young people's Lent calendar, to use in your classroom. 

Organise your Family Fast Day event

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