Advent calendar reflection for 10 December

Tree with exposed roots.

Tree with exposed roots.

“He is like a tree that is planted beside the flowing waters, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves shall never fade.” 

Psalm 1:3

“Happy the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord”, the psalmist tells us, comparing such an individual to a fruitful tree planted beside the water. 

Trees are vital to our planet. They absorb carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen. They help protect the soil, provide habitats for wildlife and give us fruits, materials for tools, shelter and medicines.  

Yet throughout the world, trees are under threat as large-scale farming, mining and commercial logging, and even traditional slash and burn, contribute to deforestation and weakening of the forest. 

Chiquinho teaches people how to farm in a different way. He is an expert in eco-friendly forest farming techniques that contribute to the health of the Amazon while helping families grow a plentiful harvest. 

Chiquinho works with local communities to encourage and teach them how to grow native fruits and vegetables without using chemicals, as well as raise ducks, chickens and pigs and harvest forest nuts and oils in line with the natural systems of the Amazon.  He says, “The forest can be used by humans in a way that humans don’t dominate nature and nature doesn’t dominate humans. We work together. Neither one excludes the other.” 

We are called to stand in solidarity with Chiquinho and all those dedicating their lives to protecting our common home. We are called to live in a way that celebrates our connectedness with all of nature and recognises our duty to nurture and care for it. 

As we do so, we try to be like the tree in Psalm 1, rooted in God’s presence, delighting in his ways and growing in compassion and courage each day. 

Advent prayer 

God of growth
may your words take root in our hearts,
that the branches of our love
may shelter and protect all the earth.
Amen.

Act 

Involve children in the preparation for Christmas by using our special Nativity play. You can also find activity sheets for families for each week of Advent and children’s liturgies for each Sunday.

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