Advent reflection for 16 December

Goat that Give CAFOD World Gift

Goats are very hardy animals and are easy to feed and look after - perfect for communities living in harsh environments.

“If anyone has two tunics he must share with the man who has none, and the one with something to eat must do the same.” 

Luke 3:10-18

Adamu lives in Nigeria. The 45-year-old is married with eight children. Life was going well before Boko Haram attacked his town.  

“That’s when things started to get tough; no farming, big prices in the market, and little food for the family.” 

Despite these difficulties Adamu has taken in a family of five from a neighbouring village, who fled the violence.  

“I took pity on them, they told me their story; how the family heard shooting and being very afraid they left their homes behind them, to save themselves from the terror. If it was me and my family, I hope that someone would also take pity on us.” 

Although he does not have much, Adamu is willing to share what he has with those who have even less. How generous. How inspiring. 

May we also be moved to answer John the Baptist’s call from the gospel today and share what we have with those who are in need.  

Advent prayer

Generous God, I thank you, for all that I have comes from you. Teach me not to stockpile your gifts or to guard my possessions jealously. Inspire me to share openly with all who are in need. Amen. 


Today is the last day to order your World Gifts online to ensure that they arrive before Christmas. Why not buy The goat that gives for someone on your Christmas list and share this animal with a family overseas.

Buy The goat that gives

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