Lent reflection for 31 March

Archbishop Héctor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte (President of CELAM - the Latin American Bishops' Council) listens to Anika Schroeder from Misereor at the conference centre in Madrid during COP25 in 2019.

Archbishop Héctor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte listens to Anika Schroeder at the 2019 UN Climate talks.

“The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech.” 

Isaiah 50:4

It can be so hard to know what to say when someone is in distress. Do they need sympathy? Or a solution? Do they just need someone to listen and say nothing at all? 

In this reading the prophet Isaiah describes how he has been given a disciple’s tongue so that he knows what to say to those in need. The Lord has also opened his ear to listen like a disciple.  

So what does that mean today? How do we listen and speak like a disciple?  

Throughout Lent we have listened to the words of scripture, and to the voices of our sisters and brothers around the world in this calendar. We have made time to hear what they have to say. 

Perhaps we have been transformed in some way by the encounter that we have had with these people and been inspired to respond. In our own ways we have reached out in love to those whose stories we have heard, whether through prayer, through action or through giving. 

As Lent draws to a close, let us pray that we may continue to find the right response. Let us speak up when needed and take action when that is what feels right.  

In this way, through God’s grace, may we hear and speak like a disciple.  

Holy Week prayer

Lord, open our ears to hear your word, to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. May our response to these cries always be one of compassion and practical love. Amen.

Act

Join in prayer with us today that we may continue to be transformed by the journey we have been on this Lent.

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