The Second Sunday of Advent is the Sunday of Peace. My father’s favorite hymn was “Let There be Peace on Earth”. I often have difficulty singing this hymn – missing dad and knowing that peace is often so elusive.
What is peace anyway? When we speak of peace biblically, it is not just the absence of conflict – but a holistic concept – the body, mind and spirit united together in God’s love.
I often think about this idea – peace in the midsts of strife – especially as it is expressed in the life of Jesus. He lived this peace knowing his earthly ministry ends with the cross. Are we able to do the same? Can we find peace even when the job is terrible, or the bills are mounting, or the kids are fighting? Can we find this peace when someone is sick or dying?
Jesus proves this is possible. And not only did he do it, but he offers that same peace to us. Jesus said these words: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” He said these words just before he was arrested and crucified.
If Jesus is truly the Prince of Peace, and he gives us his peace, why then are we not peaceful?
As we continue this Advent journey, consider how you can accept the gift of Christ’s peace, even when things are going wrong. And consider how you can pass along the gift of Christ’s peace – for perhaps that is the way to finding peace – passing it along to another.
Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace)