Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 12 December

Nazmul and Saba look at the roof of her shelter

Nazmul works to support refugees with their shelters in the camp in Bangladesh

“I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased.” 

Matthew 17:12

We hear in today’s gospel reading how John the Baptist was not recognised for who he truly was. He heralds the coming of the Messiah.

It is all too easy to fall into the trap of judging others or somehow seeing them as unimportant - whether because of their age, the colour of the skin, their poverty or disability.

And yet we know that all people are beloved and special to God. No matter what their place in society, their wealth, their power or status.

As Nazmul, who works in the Cox’s Bazar camp in Bangladesh, says of the refugees that he supports, “I am a human being. They are the same, human beings like me.”

Let us open our eyes this Advent to recognise the dignity and importance of all people. Let us try not to judge or to dismiss, but instead to listen and to work together to build a fairer world.

Advent prayer

Loving God, open our eyes to recognise you in one another. May we work to end discrimination and prejudice wherever we find it, and remember that we are all part of one human family. Amen.


Pray the Our Father with us, while you hear it spoken in many different languages, and remember how we are all part of one human family.

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