Loving Lord, the gardener in today’s Gospel gave the fig tree a second chance to bear fruit. You see into our hearts. You give us another chance to become more compassionate, more loving, more truly beautiful than we have ever imagined possible – and so, knowing your love for each one of us, we bring you people who really need your tenderness at this present time.
Our Religious leaders have appealed for peace in Ukraine and other war-torn areas of the world. May their words be heard and may there be peace in Ukraine, Yemen, Ethiopia, Libya, Syria and all countries where violence and bloodshed threaten people’s lives.
Despite ongoing peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, there seems to be no end to the suffering of innocent civilians and to the devastation of their homes. May negotiations lead to a quick and just resolution of the war so that refugees can return home and begin to rebuild their lives.
We remember the courageous citizens of Ukraine and of the Russians who oppose the war. May they find hope and the support that they need to bring peace and security into the lives of people who have suffered so much.
Many people are struggling to cope with an ever-increasing cost of living and employment insecurity. May they know encouragement and support as they try to care for their families.
Covid is still causing sickness and uncertainty across the world. May health care staff be guided in their work. May the sick recover health and may the bereaved be comforted.
Loving Lord, during this Lenten season, you give us another chance to come close to you. Be with us. Help us to grow in love for you and each other. Amen.