Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 7 December

CAFOD campaigners welcome refugees

CAFOD campaigners on a march to show solidarity with refugees

It is not those who say to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Matthew 7:21, 24-27

At the end of our lives, when we meet Christ, we will be judged on love alone. It’s not enough to pay lip service to God. We are called to show God’s justice, love and mercy through our actions.

Brenda Garlick, a CAFOD supporter, explains why she is inspired to act in solidarity with people on the move.

“Being a Catholic is not just about coming to Mass on a Sunday,” she says, “it’s so much more than that. It’s about asking ourselves, ‘who is my neighbour?’”

What kind of neighbours are we? Do we close our doors to people living in poverty? Or do we choose to show our love and concern for those around us, especially those who are homeless, hungry, or lonely? 

Pope Francis reminds us, “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.” (World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2017.)

We pray for the strength to live out God’s will. May we not look away from our neighbours living in poverty. Let us start today, in little ways, to say ‘yes’ to God.    

Advent prayer

God our refuge, help us to hear and respond to your words in our heart. Our Lord Jesus healed the sick, sheltered the homeless, and had no place to rest his head. Guide us to live our lives with love and humility. Amen.


Speak out in solidarity with people on the move. In 2018, we are supporting the global Share the Journey campaign, urging governments to make new global agreements which place the dignity of migrants and refugees at the heart. Watch the short video below and sign our Share the Journey petition


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