Lent reflection for 17 March

Father and son stand smiling in work aprons. They hold trainers in their hands.

A father and son in Ethiopia.

“My Father goes on working, and so do I… The Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing, for what he does, the Son will do also.” 

John 5:19

In Jesus’ day, it was usual for sons to take up their fathers’ work. They would learn this trade – be it carpentry, fishing or another occupation – by watching and imitating their father. Jesus, the Son, is the same. He sees with clarity his heavenly Father’s actions and joins his work with a unity of purpose. 

The Father’s work is often less clear to us, but the first reading today from Isaiah gives us some ideas. The prophet speaks words of comfort and promise to the people. The Lord is coming to restore the land, to free prisoners, to call out to those in darkness and to provide for those who hunger and thirst.  

This is a vision that we long to see fulfilled and this Lent we are invited to join that work. Through our prayer, our fasting and our almsgiving we can take up our Father’s work and play our part in the renewal of the earth. 

Lent prayer

God of love, you are always at work in the world. Open my eyes to see you and teach me to imitate you in serving my sisters and brothers. Amen. 


Reflect with this beautiful spoken word prayer, We have seen from the mountain top, about how all of us on earth are responsible for one another.

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