Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 24 December
“by the tender mercy of our God who from on high will bring the rising Sun to visit us, to give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
It is Christmas Eve. The wait of Advent is nearly over. Tomorrow we will celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In today’s gospel, we hear how John the Baptist’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. He prophesied about the role of his son in preparing a way for the Lord.
He speaks of a Messiah who will bring light in the darkness and guide us into peace. A peace that we still long for today.
As we remember our brothers and sisters who have been forced to flee their homes, who seek peace, safety and shelter, we pray to God for his mercy. And we remember that God is with us, sharing the hopes and fears of all members of our global family. No one is beyond his love, and we are called to love one another as God loves us.
“Today as in the times of Jesus, Christmas is not a fairy-tale for children but God’s response to the drama of humanity in search of true peace.” Pope Benedict XVI
We pray for that peace this Christmas.
Eternal God, as I prepare to celebrate the birth of your Son Jesus, help me to grow in love for all your people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable among us. Guide me in the way of peace and fill me with your mercy, so I might be a light for others in the darkest times. Amen.
Thank you for all your prayers and generosity over the last year. We wish you a very happy and holy Christmas.
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