Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 9 April, Maundy Thursday

The feet of a refugee in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

The feet of a refugee in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet.

John 13:14

Jesus washes the disciples’ feet as an example of the kind of loving service that he expects us to show towards one another.

We are all called to serve in different ways. Throughout Lent we have heard stories of the service that local people throughout the world are giving to their communities, to support others and to make the world a fairer place.

Sister Consilia and Sister Juliana in Zimbabwe, and Guy in the Democratic Republic of Congo use their medical expertise to serve those who are ill.

Farida in Bangladesh uses her experience as a disabled person to help others in her community to understand their rights, grow in confidence and live more independently.

Batista, a lawyer in Brazil, defends people in the Amazon who are made homeless when large-scale farmers or mining companies grab their land.

Sandy, a youth worker in Lebanon, brings Lebanese young people and Syrian refugees together to understand one another better.

Oliver and his parish in Milton Keynes serve their sisters and brothers around the world by fundraising, praying and campaigning on the issues that keep people poor.

How will you follow Jesus’ example of loving service and reach out to others, either locally or globally?

Lent prayer

Christ Jesus, you call us to walk humbly with you and to serve one another in love. Inspired by your example may we reach out to one another, tending to one another’s needs. Amen.

Act 

Keep vigil tonight with Jesus by saying this Maundy Thursday prayer

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