Lent reflection for 20 March

Alicia, a CAFOD parish volunteer coordinator, smiles at the camera.

Alicia is a parish volunteer coordinator for CAFOD.

“One of them, Nicodemus…said to them: ‘But surely the Law doesn’t allow us to pass judgement on a man without giving him a hearing and discovering what he is about?” 

John 7:50

Today’s gospel reading reminds us that God often appears in a way that we may not expect. Hearing Jesus’ words some of the people begin to say he is a prophet or even the Messiah, but the chief priests and Pharisees are insistent that this cannot be the case. “Prophets do not come out of Galilee,” they scoff.  

Nicodemus, however, bravely speaks out in Jesus’ defence. Surely, he argues, it is not right to dismiss someone without a hearing.  

Do we have the same courage to speak out when people are being treated unfairly, disregarded or marginalised? What might we be called to do to stand up for justice? 

Alicia is a parish volunteer coordinator for CAFOD. Growing up in Uganda, she has seen first-hand the impact that CAFOD’S water projects have had on the lives of people living in poverty.  

Discussing her volunteering, Alicia says, “I read this quote several years ago that really resonated with me: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’" 

This Lent let’s commit to not staying silent about things that matter, and instead speak out in defence of those who are suffering or treated unfairly. 

Lent prayer

God of justice, give us your spirit of strength to speak out about injustice in the world and help us to recognise the situations when it is right to do so. Amen.

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