Be Peace

In the first reading (1 Mi 5) for this fourth Sunday of Advent we hear:

"He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the LORD, in the majestic name of the LORD, his God; and they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace."

In our Christian tradition of course we believe this is Jesus. Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, will be our peace.

I believe that we in turn are called to be peace. We all seem to see a bit more clearly these days how much our world is in need of peace. In our families, schools,  church, society, and of course between nations. As the saying goes, peace is not merely the absence of conflict. It is so much more ... an active compassionate love, a mindful intentional presence, a positive and constructive way of being that seeks the common good.

How can you more intentionally "be peace" this Christmas season?

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