“But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light… Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
Based on the gospel for Sunday 18 November – Mark 13:24-32
This reflection and prayer were written by Joy Wanless, from Our Lady of Grace parish, Prestwich near Manchester. It is taken from CAFOD’s Weekly Reflections, to which you can subscribe. Joy has been contributing to the national weekly reflections for the last few weeks and is a CAFOD volunteer.
Haylay in northern Ethiopia is no stranger to distress. Years of drought have left many communities here without enough food or drink. Disease has broken out, people have been displaced in a country still recovering from war. The security of Nature’s seasons has deserted the land. It might easily appear that the end is fast approaching.
Still God is good. CAFOD works alongside Haylay, providing chickens and training on how to raise poultry. Despite hardship, Haylay can say, “Life is great. I am happy now and I am grateful to those who helped me.”
Can we say life is great? Are we suffering from the stresses of everyday life, unable to notice the glory of autumn leaves as the season changes and the glory of the Lord shines around us? Do we open our eyes to see Jesus in our brothers and sisters?
Do we listen to the words of Jesus that will never pass away, which encourage us to act now for justice, like offering support for Haylay? Lord, you have promised you are with us to the end of time. We thank you for the confidence of knowing your love, and pray we may share it with others.
May we never grow complacent in times of plenty. May we remember the seasons of life. May we watch for signs of distress in our fellow brothers and sisters and respond, daily remaining alert to the word of God which encourages and guides us in your way of love.
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