Ordinary 16 – Where can we go to find true peace? Jesus is with us always and He wants to give us peace. You can always take a moment to be present to the God who is present to you. Move towards the middle of the wheel. Let’s start right now.
Abraham only worries about making his visitors feel welcome. Martha has Jesus in her home but is too anxious and worried to actually listen to Him. Jesus doesn’t want to be just one more thing in your busy schedule; Jesus is the One Thing. [AUDIO]
The secret to happiness is so easy, it’s right in front of us: Simply to do the will of God. It is not mysterious, oppressive, or distant. Through doing God’s will we find peace, joy, and happily ever after. [AUDIO]
The risen Jesus offers reconciliation and peace. Jesus gives Thomas a second chance. Thomas received mercy; he shares mercy. Pope John Paul II brought mercy to the world. Let the risen Jesus meet you and offer you mercy and peace. [AUDIO]
After he rose from the dead, the disciples saw Jesus ascended into Heaven. Although Jesus is in Heaven right now, He is still with us here on earth and He is already reigning as king of this world. I can point to three signs that Jesus is lives: Pope Francis’ recent meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis inviting Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican, and the ordination of two new priests, because priests continue Christ’s priestly power in the world. These are three signs in the world that Jesus lives, but every Christian is called to be a sign that Jesus lives. We must be signs in our homes, shops and businesses.
We face challenging situations that can cause us to lose our peace. The example of Ahaz from the book of Isaiah shows us how we can lose our peace and if we don’t trust in God. The story of St. Joseph from the Gospel of Matthew shows us how we can keep our peace if we approach challenges with obedience to God’s word. No matter what happens, whether in politics or in our personal life, we can keep our peace if we keep our faith in God.
Advent, 4th Sunday – Joy and Peace are infallible signs of the presence of God. Have you noticed moments of peace and joy this Advent? We have been watching for the coming of the Lord and we have discovered that He is already here. (23 Dec 2012)