Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fifth Week in Lent: Abundant Grace and Advocacy

Lenten Prayers for Hungry People
Readings, prayers, and actions to help you and your family observe Lent in 2013—prepared by Bread for the World

Fifth Week in Lent March 17-23 
Jesus is Anointed for Death

Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:4b-14
Psalm 126
John 12:1-8

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. —John 12:3

May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. —Psalm 126:5-6

O Christ, we give thanks for Mary and all your disciples whose faith and witness guide our Lenten pilgrimage. May the outpouring of your abundant grace embolden us as we urge our elected officials to end hunger. Amen.

More than three-quarters of the world’s poorest people depend on farming for their livelihood. Increasing agricultural productivity in Africa and elsewhere is the longterm solution to drought and famine. Take a few minutes to write or call your members of Congress to encourage them to keep funding our nation’s “Feed the Future” initiative. Click here to find the names of your senators and representative

Links to scripture are from New Revised Standard Version
Woodcuts were created by Helen Siegl, a longtime Bread for the World member

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