Speaking at the start of a meeting at General Synod, The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, urged fellow leaders in the Church of England to give up cynicism for Lent and to show more love towards those they disagree with.
He said: “As we journey towards Lent some of you may be considering what you might give up during the penitential season. I urge you to consider… giving up cynicism and renewing love for those with whom you and I differ.”
Perhaps there are people within your church, work environment or community that you disagree with? Lent is a great time to reassess those relationships, to ask for God’s wisdom and to take the opportunity to repair the fractures in our congregations, with colleagues or across the wider community.
One way to reflect on how we are called to be in our relationships is by focusing on the beatitudes found in Matthew’s Gospel. This is the basis of Archbishop John Sentamu’s Lent Pilgrimage material which includes daily reflections on the beatitudes.
I conclude with a simple prayer;
In a world marked by challenges, we pray to find joy and life in your spirit and presence. Guard our hearts and minds against cynicism that would taint our purpose and drag us down as we work for justice. Amen.
Prayer and Spirituality Enabler
Prayer Calendar – March 2019