Lent, a time to draw near to Jesus through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In doing this the focus shifts from ‘us’ to ‘others’. In next Sunday’s readings, Jesus prepares and strengthens Himself for His ministry. The first Sunday of Lent, readings ask us to reflect on our own lives and ask ourselves ‘are we aware of how God wants us to reach out to others?’

‘For I was hungry and you gave me food,

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

I was naked and you gave me clothing,

I was sick and you took care of me,

I was in prison and you visited me.’

Matthew 5:35-36