At Mass today you’ll see all four of the Advent candles lit on the Advent wreath. The Fourth Sunday of Advent…almost Christmas!
The first reading today is a beautiful prophecy from Micah 5. In it, the Lord says that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem (House of Bread). “One who is from of old, from ancient times.” At the end of the prophecy, we see this: “…for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace.”
Peace can be a rare commodity these days. There are so many things to be concerned and worried about – the economy, illness, the tenuousness of jobs…the list goes on and on. As Christians, we should be at peace; we should be people of peace. Because peace is at the heart of who Christ is. He doesn’t have the title Prince of Peace for nothing, you know. Yet we find peace so elusive. The answer? I think it is summed up very well in a bumper sticker that I have seen: No Jesus, No Peace. Know Jesus, Know Peace.
Father, may the Prince of Peace reign in our hearts today and every day. As we know Jesus more, may we know peace more. Amen.