Lent reflection for 25 February
“So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.”
These words, reminding us to treat others as we would like to be treated, are all too familiar.
We know that this is what is expected of us, that this would make the world a place where all might flourish.
And yet, we struggle. It is easy to get waylaid, or to put our own desires above their impact on others. We behave thoughtlessly, sometimes deliberately, towards others, in a way that can cause great pain.
We are also reminded in today’s gospel, “Ask, and it will be given to you”. So perhaps we can ask God today to strengthen in us the desire to treat others fairly, with compassion and kindness.
We can seek forgiveness for the times we have forgotten to treat others as we should and pledge anew to try harder.
And we can reach out to others with love – in our own families, our communities, and around the world.
Generous God, strengthen us as we try to treat others as we would wish to be treated, whether in our own local communities, or around the world. Amen.
As you try to treat others as they would wish to be treated, use this prayer about a special Lenten fast for inspiration.