Advent Week 4: The PEACE that can only come from Christ

 “The force of the presence of God was so intense that it absorbed us and almost completely annihilated us. … The peace and happiness which we felt was great, for our souls were completely immersed in God.” (Lucia, after the Angel gave them the Host and Chalice) 

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will.”  This joyful proclamation by the angels sent by God to the humble shepherds should gladden all our hearts.  The Savior comes with a great promise of peace on earth.  The “Angel’s Candle” that we light on the fourth Sunday of Advent symbolizes PEACE.

Jesus would spend most of His public ministry helping people understand how to attain this peace, what it means to be a person of “good will”.  Those who hear the Word of God and obey it. Those who listen to the voice of the “Shepherd” and follow Him. Those who stay connected to the “Vine” and bear good fruit. Those who pick up their cross every day and lay down their life for others.

“The kingdom of God is among you,” He told the Pharisees who inquired when it would come.  Jesus makes the kingdom present in His teaching and healing ministry.  Some favor the translation, “The kingdom of God is within you.”  Either way, Jesus inaugurates the kingdom of heaven in the hearts of men by being present within them, among them, in their midst.  This is the peace of Christ, and only through Christ can you attain it.

Our Lady at Fatima implored us to say the Rosary every day to obtain peace. Surely the one who bore the Christ Child, who allowed the Word made flesh, would want to bring us the PEACE of Christ through the simple prayer of the Rosary that lays open for us the treasures in her own heart. Two thousand years after the birth of the Savior, we, like the shepherds, can come and adore the Savior in the Blessed Sacrament. We can ponder the things that Mary did in the prayer of the Rosary. We can experience the kingdom of God in our midst and the PEACE of Christ in our hearts.

 “Behold the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us” (Mt 2:23).

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