Advent calendar reflection for 15 December

3 people holding up letters H, O, P and E to form the word 'HOPE'

CAFOD supporters holding up the word 'hope'.

“Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again… the Good News is proclaimed to those who are poor.” 

Luke 7:22 

Today's gospel opens with John the Baptist in prison, sending his disciples to Jesus to ask the question, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” 

It is easy to imagine John’s confusion and doubt as he sits in his cell. Perhaps we too have similar moments of discouragement as we seek to work for justice and to protect creation in a world where injustice is rife and the environment in crisis. 

In response, Jesus makes a clear statement of his mission: “The blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised to life, the Good News is proclaimed to the poor.” 

Jesus has not come to gain power or prestige but rather to bring healing and reconciliation, to reach out to the marginalised and bring good news to the poor. As his followers, this is the invitation each of us receives from him. We are not called to discouragement and despair but rather to hope and action. 

Advent prayer

God of good news for the poor,
strengthen our hearts in times of discouragement.
Give us a spirit of perseverance,
so we may bring to life your love and justice.
Amen.

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Join our campaign by sending an email to your MP asking them to call for a new law to hold businesses accountable when they fail to prevent human rights abuses and environmental harms. 

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