Advent Reflections (Week 1) – by Fr. Bob Warren, S.A.
As we enter the season of Advent, the prophet Isaiah says to God, “Would that You might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of You in our ways.” In other words, wouldn’t it be nice if God saw us doing good things? And before we act, that we would think of what God would like us to do in any situation? We can put that into practice in today’s conversations, tonight’s meal, or our attitude while driving…” Would that You might meet us doing right,” that we are mindful of our ways.
As we begin our preparation for the birth of the Prince of Peace, it may be a good time to ask ourselves a few questions: What wars have you ended in your own backyard? What mines of envy or hate, of discord or dislike, have you diffused? Who hurts less because you love more? Or who hurts more because you love less? Who was depressed, but has come alive at your touch? Who is hungry for food or affection, and is fed by your faith? Who experiences God’s absence, and finds the image of God in your face?
The night that Christ was born, the Angels sang, “Peace on Earth.” And 2,000 years later there is still so much violence in the world. We find peace in our relationship with God. As St. Paul says, “Christ is our peace.”
We find peace by nurturing relationships with God and those around us. It is an old, worn sentiment we have heard many times; I paraphrase, but it is still true…If there is to be a peace on earth, or in school, work, family or church, it has to begin with me.