Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 15 December

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“The blind see again, and the lame walk, … and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” 

Matthew 11:5

The world today is often filled with bad news. There doesn’t always seem to be much cause for hope.

But there are good news stories out there, stories of hope and change. Like that of Nafas Gul, a young woman from rural northern Afghanistan.

Although her family expected her to stay at home and cook and clean rather than earn money, Nafas Gul joined a CAFOD-funded woman’s group, which makes yoghurt and sells it to local villagers.

Thanks to the group she earns more than double what her family earned from their dairy cow before. She has enough to pay her brother’s school fees and to save a little.

“When my father realised that we have good income from selling milk he became very happy, saying I have truly proven that women can work outside the home and contribute to their family’s finances.”

This Advent let us not lose hope that change is possible. Let us try to do what we can to bring about more good news in our world as we work and pray for those who are in need.

Advent prayer

God of all,

you sent your Son to be with us,

and bring good news to those who are poor.

Work through us now, and lead us

to reach out to those who are in need

so that together we may

proclaim the good news in all that we do.

Amen.

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