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Live in God's peace

Chủ nhật - 04/12/2016 22:47
What are we to do? Well, that is precisely what Advent is all about. We are to prepare for the celebration of God's Presence as one of us.

LIVE IN GOD'S PEACE
 
What are we to do? Well, that is precisely what Advent is all about. We are to prepare for the celebration of God's Presence as one of us.
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
In his 1995, World Day of Peace Message, Saint Pope John Paul II wrote,
 
"Faced with the challenge of education the family becomes 'the first and fundamental school of social living,' the first and fundamental school of peace."
 
The psalms speak of Justice and peace in connection with Jesus, "the King's Son." "Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever."
 
The peace, which Isaiah described on God's holy mountain - when the wolf and the lamb, the baby and the cobra can live peacefully together - is a peace made possible only by the Lord. That justice and peace are only brought about in a significant way when we, as Christ's disciples, help to spread the Gospel to the entire world, beginning with each little child.
 
St. Paul tells us how this happens in part. "Everything written before our time was written for our instruction, that we might derive hope from the lessons of patience and the words of encouragement in the Scriptures."
 
From the Scriptures and the Church, we learn to accept one another, cherishing each one's dignity as a person made in God's image and likeness. This was essentially the message of John the Baptist when he preached, "A voice of one is crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord make straight his paths.  Reform your lives, repent, not to presume that just because they were sons of Abraham that they would be saved, but instead to take action and produce the fruit of their conversions."
 
"God can raise up children to Abraham from these very stones." Saying this, John showed that through the spiritual childhood of being a disciple, before the Father and openness to the Holy Spirit, we will become disciples of Jesus Christ...
 
I was in a store the other day and I heard a someone say, "I am not going to make it!!! I am not going to make it!!!" So muttered a lady who was concerned she will not have all the preparations done that are needed to have a nice Christmas. (Gifts, wrapping, sending out cards in the mail, meal that will need to be prepared, and so and so on).
 
Are the preparations for what we have turned Christmas into bringing so much stress that we forget what Christmas really is?
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: So, what are we to do? Well, that is precisely what Advent is all about. We are to prepare for the celebration of God's presence as one of us.
 
 
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