Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 7 March

Adán, union leader for the Cobija refuse collectors’ union in Bolivia.

Adán, union leader for the Cobija refuse collectors’ union in Bolivia. 

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Matthew 5:44

It is not easy to turn the other cheek. When someone wrongs us, our natural reaction is anger. But Jesus asks us to love our enemies and to pray for those who make our lives difficult.

Rights ignored

Adán in Cobija, Bolivia has experienced what it is like to have his rights ignored. He faces a hard time trying to make ends meet, to provide for himself and his family.

Adán is a refuse collector who has taken part in training to help him represent others and campaign for their labour rights. He is on the national federation of refuse collectors’ unions.

Because the refuse collectors of Cobija have campaigned for respect for their labour rights, they now have health insurance, one day off a week, and holiday entitlement. They are still working hard to improve working conditions for refuse collectors, locally and as part of the national federation.

How would you feel if your rights were ignored when you were trying to earn money for your family? Would you be able to love your neighbours and pray for them in these circumstances?

Let us make a special effort today to pray for those who have wronged us. Let us also pray for people who are discriminated against by others.

Lent prayer

God of all, everyone is valuable in your sight. Help all workers whose rights are ignored. Open my eyes to the dignity of each person, made in your image. Help me to seek forgiveness from people I have wronged, and to forgive others in my turn. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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