Advent Reflection, Day 17

Chad camp

A family at home in Kounoungo camp in Chad. Photo by Matthew Breman/CRS

Today’s Readings

“If someone who has the riches of this world sees his brother in need and closes his heart to him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
– 1 John 3:17

Approximately 1/3 of the world’s population lives in some form of poverty (living on less than $2 daily). Even if we do not directly feel the effects of poverty, we have seen images of its threatening existence. We know God’s will, but sometimes it is difficult to feel God’s presence. As we ponder the hardships of poverty, let us feel a union to those who are poor, one that inspires us to pray and act with passion and hope.

God, sustain us with your bread of life. Amen.

Act: Learn about the everyday life of Iraqi refugees through CRS slideshow. Remember them in prayer today.

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