Lent reflection for 24 February
“They proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.”
Jonah preached to the people of Nineveh and they repented of their wicked ways. Everyone, even the king, fasted and put on sackcloth. God saw that they wanted to change their ways and had mercy on them.
What changes in attitude and lifestyle are we being called to today?
Over the last year, the inequalities in our world have been starkly highlighted, and we all have a part to play in changing this. But it is not just down to individual acts by ordinary people. Just like in Nineveh, our leaders must make a change too.
In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis says of politicians, “Their biggest concern should not be about a drop in the polls, but about finding effective solutions to ‘the phenomenon of social and economic exclusion, with its baneful consequences… We need to ensure that our institutions are truly effective in the struggle against all these scourges.’” (Fratelli Tutti, #188).
And so, while we all make a change this Lent to our own lives in order to build a fairer world, we also call on world leaders to do the same.
God of justice, lead us to make a change to our own lives so that all your people may flourish. Grant us the courage to stand up for what is right and to call on others to do the same. Amen.
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