Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 7 December

Women making facemasks at their sewing machines

Women from Centre Olame make masks to respond to the coronavirus outbreak

“...they went up on the flat roof and lowered him and his stretcher down through the tiles… in front of Jesus.”  

Luke 5:19

The men in today’s gospel are desperate to get their friend to Jesus, but they can’t find a way through the crowd. Instead they come up with the ingenious solution of lowering him down through the roof, in front of Jesus’ feet.

We all face problems that seem insurmountable, in our own lives and more broadly. But if this year has shown us anything, it is that change is possible. That we can make a huge shift in the way we do things, when we put our minds to it.

In September, there was a CAFOD national school assembly, where children discussed the world that they want to see. They wanted to see a world where there is peace, where everyone is treated fairly, where we all care for one another, and where everybody has the chance to go to school.

Then in October, releasing his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis set out a radical blueprint for the kind of world that he thinks is possible after the coronavirus pandemic. He calls on us to dream “as a single human family… as children of the same earth which is our common home.”

With faith, and some creative thinking, perhaps we can work together bring about this world that we all hope to see, and make these dreams a reality.

Advent prayer

God of love, inspire us to think creatively, to dream of a better world, and to work together to find new solutions to the problems of poverty and injustice. Amen.


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