Advent calendar reflection for 20 December

One adult, holding a young child and standing by another child.

Cynthia, with her children Victoria and Happy, in South Sudan.

“The maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name which means ‘God-is-with-us’.” 

Isaiah 7:14

King Ahaz is invited to ask God for a sign but seems unwilling to do so. Perhaps he has lost hope and is reluctant to expect something great from God. In response, God makes the extraordinary promise that we hear today, and that we celebrate the fulfilment of in Jesus. 

As we prepare this Advent to celebrate the birth of Jesus – God who is with us – we prepare to celebrate God’s engagement in all aspects of life here on earth, including its struggles and injustices. 

In celebrating the incarnation, we affirm the dignity of all people. We recognise God is with us in our sisters and brothers, made in his image, and that God is with us too, in our commitment to build a better world in which all people can flourish. 

And, unlike Ahaz, let’s trust that God’s spirit can do great things. 

Advent prayer

Emmanuel, God with us, help us celebrate the gift of your Incarnation by seeing your presence in all people. Trusting in your spirit, renew our commitment to build a better world together. Amen. 


Are you in training yet for the CAFOD Christmas Fun Run on the 27th? It’s not too late to join with family and friends, running walking and toddling to burn off those mince pies and do some good at the same time.

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