Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 20 March – Week Three – Love of neighbour can change the world
Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ
The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit mystic and scientist)
When we stop to look around, we see that the world is a mess in large part due to our poor relationships. Whether at the international, familial, or personal level, we must learn to get along and to love one another. God has fashioned this world so that all those who inhabit it can encourage and support one another. When one person takes advantage of, oppresses or misjudges another, a tear in the social fabric occurs. A tapestry is only as strong as the integrity of the threads. If a tear occurs, the tapestry is weakened. Likewise our societies. We were not meant to take advantage of others, but to aid them. We were created to make the world a better place.
Lord, God Almighty, you who created all things and want all your creation to flourish, grant me the grace not to offend you or my neighbour.
And if I offend, then grant me the grace of repentance.