Lent reflection for 10 March

Hanni and his sister Samrawit outside their home

Hanni and his sister Samrawit.

“Do not forget the things your eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart all the days of your life; rather, tell them to your children and your children’s children.”

Deuteronomy 4:9

Today’s reading presents Moses urging the people of Israel to remember God’s presence and law. For Moses, that meant the Exodus: the dramatic liberation from slavery in Egypt. For us, it means the life and teaching of Jesus, who embodies the law of God.  

The principle is the same – we must hold on to God’s faithfulness and love, especially amidst the challenges and difficulties that life can hold. 

Moses reminds God’s people of their responsibility to future generations: they are to tell them to their children and their children’s children. If we share Moses' hope that generations to come will have abundant life, then we must look at the world we are building today.  

As Pope Francis asks in Laudato Si’, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” 

Abba Tesfalem of northern Ethiopia struggles each day to provide for his family, due to lack of water. He longs for a better life for his children. “I want them to be fruitful,” he says, “I want them to do good things and to succeed.”  

We each have a role to play in creating a world where all people can flourish, a world that offers a better future for our children. We can do this through caring for the earth, our common home, and caring for our neighbours across the world. 

Lent prayer

Faithful God, give me the spirit to remember you at all times and to work so that future generations across the world may have abundant life. Amen.  

Act   

Visit our page for families and spend time with your children thinking about how we can create a world where all can flourish. Or spread the word to a family with children that you know.

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