Advent Reflection: Week 1, Day 5

Zimbabwe walk

Zimbabwe home-based caregivers travel to visit a person with AIDS. Photo by CRS archives

Today’s Readings

Reflect: Jesus was a friend to all–especially the sick and the poor. How often do we truly reach out to the alienated in our schools, workplaces, neighborhoods–even churches? As we journey today, let us reflect on the gift of presence for others. We remember that by reaching out to others, we are reaching out to God.

Pray: God of the poor, AIDS does not discriminate but people do. Help us to respond to the cry of the suffering for medications, education, for communities of support. We ask you to bless us with compassionate hearts. Amen.

Act: Investigate the impact of HIV/AIDS in your community, then discuss with a friend.

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