Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 13 December

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“He came as a witness, to bear witness to the light, so that everyone might believe through him.” 

John 1:7

John the Baptist came as a witness to the light, to prepare the people for the coming of Christ. He baptised them with water, but he also let them know that someone else was coming who was far greater than him.

Because he bore witness to his faith through his actions, many people came to believe.

Particularly in times of uncertainty, we need those, like John the Baptist, who lead the way. Those who shine their lights for us to follow, filling us with confidence, and helping us to believe that better times are coming.

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Mustapha, a lab technician at the Handmaid’s Catholic Health Clinic in Sierra Leone, didn’t feel safe working. He didn't have adequate PPE. Patients stopped visiting the clinic because they didn’t feel safe receiving treatment either.

However, things are changing for the better. Since receiving PPE from local experts supported by CAFOD, staff like Mustapha feel far more confident in their work. Encouraged by this, patients have also started to return.

In these uncertain times this Advent, let us all look out for those who can inspire us with their faith, their witness and their actions. And let us think about how we can bear witness to the light in our own lives and to those around us.

Advent prayer

God of all,
John the Baptist came to bear witness to your light.
Fill us with faith and the courage to act upon it,
so that we may shine a light
in the darkness of these uncertain times.



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