Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent by dfhercbml

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									Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

Based on Epistle for 6 December, Philippians 1:3-6; 8-11.

I am quite certain that the One who began this good work in you will see
that it is finished when the Day of Christ Jesus comes.

Good intentions for a more just and fair society are the beginning of a new start.
But how often are those intentions frustrated! This might be because of our own
weakness and inability to listen to others or because of a host of other
distractions.

Or our failure to materialise our intentions might be because of structural things -
the way our society is run - over which we might feel we have relatively little
control. But we can of course make a difference through campaigning and
lobbying.

What we feel as individuals becomes much more serious once this is writ large
on a political canvas. For the next two weeks world leaders of the United Nations
will meet in Copenhagen to try and come to an internationally binding agreement
on how to address climate change.

CAFOD is helping those in the poorest communities to have adequate
representation at this meeting. The poorest and most disadvantaged are not
always heard by their political leaders and the poorest countries are more limited
in numbers of delegates compared with more powerful nations. This means that
their concerns may not be heard.

The poorest communities, who have the lowest carbon footprint and have done
the least to cause the problem, are the first to feel the effects of climate change.
For example, droughts in east Africa used to happen about once every ten years,
but now they are much more frequent. The shortage of food caused by these
droughts leads to malnutrition, threatening around 20 million people.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless other examples of how
climate change is threatening the livelihoods of people who are poor throughout
the world.

We may find it hard to trust our political systems of governance. But we also
need hope, hope that springs from knowing that however small our service, God
will honour our offerings.

If what we do is integral to our calling under God, then we can rest assured God
will honour this action. That is why even small steps in the path of peace and
justice are worthwhile. For their worth comes from God, not just from human
standards.
Dear God, take our worthy intentions for a more just society and transform them
into concrete actions so that they may serve to honour you. Amen

								
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