“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men.”
After a heavenly messenger of the Lord appeared and announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, a choir of angels sang in perfect harmony proclaiming, “Peace on earth and goodwill among men” (Luke 2:14). This scene must have been so moving, so powerful and so glorious all at the same time. But why this declaration of “peace on earth”?
It does not take years of hard study in theology to understand the meaning of this hymn; “peace be upon the earth” for the Prince of Peace is born! (Isaiah 9:6)
In Ephesians, Paul declares that Christ himself is our peace: “For he is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). Thus, we cannot define peace as merely a feeling, the absence of noise, war or chaos. Peace is precisely the presence of a Person: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Humanity’s main quest is to regain this Peace lost through the fall in the Garden of Eden. Adam was in continuous communion with God, without disturbance, without darkness, without shame, without distraction. Then sin was committed and the peace that governed his being – that peace that comes only from Jesus – was replaced by continual turmoil in his soul. The perfect harmony between Creator and creature was usurped. Yet the story does not end there… God Himself was the only one who could restore this peace in the heart of humanity, which is why He came and gave Himself up to the death of the cross to redeem what had been stolen by the enemy: us.
On this third Sunday of Advent, let us recognise that true peace comes only from the Person of Christ. As Christmas Eve and Christmas Day approach, many of our loved ones have never tasted this divine peace. Let us pray that Jesus will reveal himself to their hearts and let us announce to them, just as the choir of angels announced to the shepherds, the Good News of the nativity: peace is born in the person of Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving me peace. Thank you for being my peace and thank you for being the Prince of peace. I give you my troubles and my anxieties. I surrender, especially during these feasts, my right to be in fear for You are my fortress. Amen.
Special Advent prayer: Mother Teresa
Jesus is the Word made Flesh.
Jesus is the Bread of Life.
Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the Cross.
Jesus is the Sacrifice offered at the Holy Mass
For the sins of the world and mine.
Jesus is the Word – to be spoken.
Jesus is the Truth – to be told.
Jesus is the Way – to be walked.
Jesus is the Light – to be lit.
Jesus is the Life – to be lived.
Jesus is the Love – to be loved.
Jesus is the Joy – to be shared.
Jesus is the Sacrifice – to be offered.
Jesus is the Peace – to be given.
Jesus is the Bread of Life – to be eaten.
Jesus is the Hungry – to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty – to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked – to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless – to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick – to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely – to be loved.
Jesus is the Unwanted – to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper – to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar – to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard – to listen to him.
Jesus is the Retarded – to protect him.
Jesus is the Little One – to embrace him.
Jesus is the Blind – to lead him.
Jesus is the Dumb – to speak for him.
Jesus is the Crippled – to walk with him.
Jesus is the Drug addict – to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute – to remove from danger and befriend.
Jesus is the Prisoner – to be visited.
Jesus is the Old – to be served.
To me –
Jesus is my God.
Jesus is my Spouse.
Jesus is my Life.
Jesus is my only Love.
Jesus is my All in All.
Jesus is my Everything.
Quote: Peace is precisely the presence of a Person: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.