Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 4 December
“Do you believe I can do this?”
In today’s reading Jesus asks two blind men if they believe that he can heal them. They do, and so because of their faith, Jesus enables them to see again.
The faith of the two men brings about a wonderful change. It is because of their faith that Jesus agrees to do this extraordinary thing for them, giving them their sight.
What wonderful things could come to pass because of our faith? What could be achieved if we really believe?
Faith gives us the strength to carry on in the most difficult of circumstances, and to bring about real change in our own lives and the lives of others.
There are those who even go so far as to risk their own lives to stand up for what they believe.
Father Alfred Buju is the director of an organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that educates and empowers people to stand up for their rights. Defending local communities against mining companies has made him, and his colleagues, targets for intimidation.
Father Alfred has been physically attacked several times and has received death threats from unknown sources. Despite the risks, he continues to dedicate himself to this work.
He says, “Faith is a journey and you have to walk in the footsteps of those who came before you. Without sacrifice, there cannot be change.”
God of life, strengthen our faith, and grant us the courage stand up for what we believe is right, bringing change to our lives and the lives of others. Amen.
Send a card of solidarity to Father Alfred, or to another brave human rights defender, so that they know they are not alone in their struggles this Christmas. Let them know that they have a community in the UK who are all praying and standing with them.