Lent reflection for 26 February: Family Fast Day
“… be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering.”
We hear today how we must be reconciled with our brothers and sisters if we are to live in a way that is pleasing to God.
We are all sisters and brothers. As children of God, we are all part of one global family, and our faith teaches us that what happens to one of us, affects all of us. As Pope Francis writes: “No-one is saved alone; we can only be saved together.” (Fratelli Tutti #32).
We are called to feel compassion for others, especially those who seem beyond reach, knowing that if any of our brothers and sisters are struggling, it means that we are struggling too.
Today is Family Fast Day – an opportunity to act on that compassion and make a difference to the lives of others around the world, like Abdella, a young man from rural Ethiopia who spends ten hours a day collecting water.
“I don’t expect everything, I don’t expect anything. The needs of my community can’t all be satisfied, but what we need most and what we ask for is water. With water we can get jobs; children can get an education. If we have no water, the only thing we can do is collect it until we can’t stand it any longer.”
Loving God, let a desire for change rise up within us. May we overflow with compassion and love. May we reshape our world together to reflect your kingdom of hope for all. Amen.
Pray our Lent fast day prayer
Today, on Family Fast Day, eat simply and donate the money you save so that people like Abdella can get the water that they need to flourish.