Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 20 December

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Nigiste and her children in Ethiopia now have a solar lamp to light their home

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

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

Today we reflect on God, the creator and king of the universe.

We look around our beautiful common home, complete with sun, wind, and sea. Through prayer and contemplation, we can discover God in the earth, all people and creatures.

Pope Francis tells us, “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)

When the earth’s riches are used in the right way, they can bring fullness of life to all.

Nigiste lives with her family in northern Ethiopia. Her village lies off a beaten track. The sun is scorching.

With no access to electricity, Nigiste used dangerous kerosene lamps to bring light when she was cooking in the evenings. But this created black, heavy smoke which spread quickly throughout the house. “It was hard on our eyes,” she says, “and at times would suffocate us because of the fumes”.  

Thanks to donations from people like you, Nigiste is using the power of the sun to bring light to her home. She now has a solar-powered lamp, provided by our partner in Ethiopia. She is able to cook for her family, free from choking fumes. And her children can do their homework in the evening with the light the lamp provides. 

Nigiste and her family are flourishing, thanks to the light from the sun. This is very good.    

Advent prayer

God of heaven, you created the earth as a place to be lived in. Thank you for showering peace and goodness on your creation. Work through us, we pray, so we may help our sisters and brothers and Mother Earth to flourish. Amen.   

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