Lent reflection for 2 March

Displaced people stand outside tents

Local aid workers provide emergency relief in Syria.

“Cease to do evil. Learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed.” 

Isaiah 1:16-17

Isaiah reminds us today what it is to “do good”. We are to search for justice and help those who are oppressed, marginalised and in poverty.  

Learning to do good is not a one-time act. It is an ongoing process. There is always more for us to discover.  

We are called to change in order to lift up those who have been unfairly burdened by injustice in our world, because of race, religion, poverty, disability or ill health, or any other reason.  

Those among us who do not face discrimination, persecution, oppression or stigma have a responsibility to stop, to learn and to live differently, so that all people can flourish.  

As we are reminded in today’s gospel (Matthew 23:1-12), we are not to do this so that we can be congratulated, but simply because it is right, and because we are called to practise what we preach.  

A new way of living 

This last year, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we have become more aware of the problems we face and the inequalities present in our society.  

As we begin to recover and rebuild from the pandemic, we must ensure that we search for justice. That we seek a new way of living that doesn’t place more weight on those who are already struggling, but rather listens to them, learns from them and lifts them up.  

Lent prayer

God of justice, guide me to do what I know is right, and to be always be open to learn and to change, so that together we can build a fairer world. Amen.  

Act

Watch this video and sign our campaign petition  to urge the Prime Minister to put poor communities at the heart of COP26 climate talks. 

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