Lent reflection for 18 March

A CAFOD moneybox is in the foreground, with soup and bread in the background

Soup lunch in aid of CAFOD.

“They have been quick to leave the way I marked out for them; they have made themselves a calf of molten metal and have worshipped it.” 

Exodus 32:8

What do I worship? Today’s first reading is a challenging invitation to look at what we really put first in our lives. In the story from Exodus, the people have turned aside from God’s way and made a golden calf to worship. When we examine ourselves deeply, we can perhaps see the things we have focused our lives on and put ahead of God. 

Perhaps my golden calf is status, maybe it is materialism or my own busyness. Whatever it may be, this time of Lent is an opportunity, an invitation to abandon distraction and instead seek depth. 

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis speaks powerfully about the idolatry of money in the modern world as the “worship of the ancient golden calf”. One way we can challenge this is to choose to give generously this Lent.  

In giving we connect with our sisters and brothers around the world and find our joy in helping change lives for the better, rather than simply accumulating more things for ourselves. 

Lent prayer

Faithful God, help us to put you first in our lives. Give us grateful hearts and teach us to be more generous each day. Amen. 


Spend a few minutes reflecting on seven inspiring values from Church teaching that guide us in how to live our faith in the world.

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