Where Lies Peace?

30 Dec

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I wish you a Blessed New Year, filled with the peace of God.

When Jesus was born, peace came into the world.

But where is that peace?

Families are broken.

Ethnic groups raise slogans of hatred and violence.

Human trafficking enslaves God’s children.

Millions of people suffer hunger and pestilence.

Wars rage between nations and terrorism raises its ugly, cowardly head.

So, Lord God, where is that peace that came into the world with the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ?

Perhaps God, our Father, might say:

Peace comes when compassion triumphs over condemnation and when virtue replaces violence.

Look to my Son, your Savior and Lord. His power lies in his love, even for those who hated and killed him.

The peace of the world lies in the human heart. When your heart is filled with peace, and as more people discover peace of mind and soul, the world is gradually made better.

Now, that is surely not a quick and easy fix.

But it is the only one which will eventually bring peace on earth.

The Son of God became one of us. He took on our fallen human nature.

 “When God reveals his humanity, his goodness cannot possibly be hidden. To show his kindness what more could he do beyond taking my human form? My humanity, I say, not Adam’s—that is not such as he had before the fall.”[i]

Jesus experienced joy and sadness, fatigue, betrayal, false accusations condemnation and unjust execution.

Can we, his disciples, expect a bed of roses?

We continue his mission for we are the Body of Christ.

Peace begins in Christ, grows in our own faithful hearts, and then to the entire world through our compassion and love.

 

[i] St. Bernard, Abbot, Liturgy of the Hours, Book I, pg. 447

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