LENT: A time to reflect
The Church of Ireland has been supporting the world’s poor for over forty years. Below are just a handful of the projects supported in 2013 and 2014 to date. They represent Self Help Groups, Cerebal Palsy support and wheelchair provision, emergency food for people displaced in conflict zones and the formation of cooperatives for soya farmers.
During Lent we take time to lay down all the things that blinker us and shield us from seeing the poor. We take time to look and see the walls we have built around us – walls of security and comfort – that hide the truth of the other from us. We recognise that these things are preventing us from loving our global neighbour well and so we engage in the costly and difficult task of tearing down that which divides and separates. Then, we dust ourselves off, free from the build up of material constraints and prejudice and we turn to face the poor again, ready to listen well and to serve them as we serve Christ.