Peace on Earth!
**This reflection was originally given to the novitiate community on Christmas Day, the pastor asked me to adapt and share it with the local parish for the World Day of Peace, and it was well received so I am sharing it here**
The Christmas season gives us the image of the angels heralding “Peace on earth!” Peace is ultimately why I believe we are here. In serving the Lord and responding to His call, we are bringing some semblance of peace to our restless hearts. As we look out into the world, how will we be called to participate in this mystery of peace?
Look to the Lord made flesh in the crib. As an infant he was least among us. But as we look to His life we see that He was not just vulnerable through the fact that he was a baby, in His whole life He was vulnerable. My brother novice, Nick asked us last week to contemplate the broken or “breakable” Christ, let us pray and discern how we are called to bring peace to the broken Christ hidden among us:
We think of Christ who was naked and hungry while laying in the manger, and who thirsted on the Cross. How will we bring peace to those who lack for clothing, food, and water in the world?
We think of Christ the child and the youth, who worked his trade under the eyes of St. Joseph, and studied reading and writing in the local place of learning. How will we bring peace to the children and young people in our schools, orphanages, and universities?
We think of Christ the refugee, who though on Christmas night is safe in the crib with his mother, will soon be forced to flee because of a fearful and jealous political figure. How will we bring peace to the refugees and immigrants of the world, both documented and undocumented?
We think of Christ the stranger and the weary guest, whose feet were bathed in tears and anointed by the repentant woman at a dinner party. How will we bring peace to the strangers we encounter, and the guests who come to our door?
We are here because we seek the peace of Christ. We as Church are men and women of the restless heart, called to bring about peace on earth. Let us join the angels in proclaiming, “Pacem en Terris” not with our voices, but with our very lives. Let our restless hearts bring the peace of the birth Christ to all those who have broken hearts. And may peace reign on earth!