Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 15 December
“Which of the two did the father’s will?”
In today’s gospel we hear of two sons who are both asked to help their father. One says yes, the other no, but they both change their minds.
This reading shows us how important it is not just to pay lip service to our faith. We must show that faith in our actions as well.
Throughout this year, so many people have been putting their faith into action. As our society locked down, people stepped up to help those who were vulnerable or isolated.
As a church we had to work out a new way of being. No longer able just to turn up on a Sunday out of habit, we really had to think about our actions and make an effort to stay connected to our faith. Many parishioners made an extra effort to reach out to those who most needed support at this time.
Children created a ‘Summer of hope’, taking on challenges to raise money for poor communities around the world. Inspired by our virtual children’s liturgy sessions, the Kelly family each walked 30,000 steps in one day, while the Pritchards camped out in their back garden after their holiday was cancelled and donated all their holiday money to CAFOD.
Just like the sons in today’s gospel, we have a choice to make about how we will answer God’s call in our lives. Will we put our faith into action?
Pope Francis talks about this choice in his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti:
“Each day we have to decide whether to be Good Samaritans or indifferent bystanders.” (#69)
This Advent, which choice will we make?
Almighty God, help us to listen to your call and to show our faith in all that we do. May our actions bring hope to others. Amen.
Join us each Sunday for children’s liturgy live. We sing, pray, reflect on the gospel and think about how we can put it into action. Or spread the word to any young families you know who might be interested.