Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 20 December

Flower Zambia beauty Creation

A flower in Zambia. How often do we look at the beauty that surround us?

The Lord’s is the earth in all its fullness, the world and all its peoples. It is he who set it on the seas; on the waters he made it firm.

Psalm 23:1-6. R. Cf. v.7,10

This place that we call home does not belong to us. The earth is God’s gift to us. We are part of this creation. We are not separate from the rest of what God has made. 

The whole of Creation reveals something of the goodness of God to us. As it says in the Catechism animals are God’s creatures and “by their mere existence they bless him and give him glory.” 

And yet, we have taken more than we need, destroying the natural world, making animals extinct and meaning it is harder for people who are poor to survive. 

We are so caught up in always “doing” that it can be hard just to “be”. How often do you make time to really look at the beauty that surrounds us and to appreciate it as a gift from God?  

“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.” (Laudato Si’ #84) 

So, today, stop. Make time to look at the world around you. Even in city centres there are glimpses of nature. And when you see it, give thanks to God for all that he has made and the love that surrounds us.  

Advent prayer

Creator God, thank you for the wonders of your creation. Move us to make a change so the creatures may continue to sing of your glory, and all your people may enjoy this earth, our common home. Amen.

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