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27 February

CAFOD club primary school children work together to help their global family.

In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it to me.

Matthew 25:40

In today’s story of the Last Judgement, Jesus sets out the measure by which we will be judged: compassion. Ultimately, we will be asked how we responded when Jesus came to us in the guise of the refugee, the hungry and thirsty, the sick and the imprisoned. In caring for them, we care for Jesus.

This compassion is clearly demonstrated by Faith, a year five pupil, and member of a CAFOD club at her primary school in London. CAFOD clubs give children the opportunity to work together to put their faith into action. As Faith explains:

“We want to try and help our global neighbours, we are all part of God’s family, and all families take care of each other.”

This Lent, let’s allow ourselves to be opened outward to all the members of God’s family. Let’s be attentive to others: in our homes, our workplaces, our communities and our wider world. For it is there that we encounter Jesus.

Lent prayer

Loving God,
enable us to recognise your presence in each person,
to see the world as you do
and love it with your love.


As you go about your day today, remember to try and treat each person you meet as you would treat Christ. To reflect further, read about the seven principles that most inspire us from Catholic Social Teaching (CST)