Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 9 March

Welcoming visitors with an abundance of homegrown fruit in Bolivia.

Welcoming visitors with an abundance of homegrown fruit in Bolivia.

Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap.

Luke 6:38

Think about the gifts that you have received that have meant a lot to you. Were they the ones that were most expensive? Or were they the ones that were most thoughtful?

Sometimes even the smallest thing can mean a huge amount. A smile from someone on a bad day. A text message that shows a friend is thinking of us.

When we take time to give part of ourselves to others, we can receive so much more back in return. We might learn something new, make a friend or deepen an existing relationship. Or we might just come away knowing we did a good act that brightened someone’s day.

To give is to receive

Our relationship with God is the same. As we get to know God more deeply, we become more open to receiving the graces God longs to give to us.

Lent is the ideal moment to commit to spending a little bit more time with God in reflection and prayer. Who knows what changes that might inspire in us?

By giving God more time and space in our lives, we can be inspired in turn to be different. To follow Christ’s example of compassion for all people, and to reach out in love to our global family.

Lent prayer

God of love, may I be compassionate as you are compassionate, and generous as you are generous. Through me, may others know of your love. Amen.

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