Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 9 December

Bakayo and her friend chat and smile in Kenya

Bakayo Godana talks with her friend during a food voucher redemption session in Kenya

“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” 

Matthew 11:28

We all have days when we feel overburdened. When everything just feels too much. How can we possibly keep all the different plates spinning when there is just so much going on?

How do you find comfort and rest in those times? Is it a warm bath, a walk in the countryside, or snuggling up with a good book or box set? Or do you reach out to others, finding relief in the company of loved ones even if that is just online?

We all have something to offer, when it comes to supporting others through a difficult time. Whether this is some words of advice, practical help or just a shoulder to cry on, our actions can make a real difference to someone who is struggling.

At CAFOD we believe that no one should be beyond reach of the support that they need. And so we work with dedicated local experts alongside some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world.

Jesus offers his words of comfort to us today. It is wonderful to know that in the darkest times, even if we feel alone, he is there to ease our burdens.

This Advent, let us think about how we too, can comfort and ease the burdens of others, whether that is someone close to us, or someone whose story we hear from around the world.

Advent prayer

Christ Jesus, help us to turn to you when we feel overburdened. Guide us to lift the burdens of others so that we may all find peace. Amen.

Act

Look around you today. Can you see anyone who is struggling? Stretch out a helping hand towards them.

Bring your burdens to the Lord in prayer and pray for all our sisters and brothers throughout the world who are weighed down with cares.

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