Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 20, 2015
“He shall be peace.”
Too many of us are feeling the stress of the troubling times in which we live. Each day, we are confronted with the news of the latest shooting, the most recent economic crisis, or the threat or reality of a terrorist attack. Perhaps we are dealing with the illness of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a broken relationship. What we really want for Christmas is a little peace.
Again and still, the psalmist cries: “Lord, make us turn to you: let us see your face . . . .” Pope Francis, too, invites us to turn to Christ, the “Face of Mercy.” So let us heed the words in today’s Scriptures and seek the peace which nothing can destroy. Let us find peace in knowing the will of the Father (cf. Hebrews 10:7–9). Let us find peace in returning to our home and kin—whether that be in Bethlehem-Ephrathah (Micah 5:1–2) or Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Let us find peace in knowing that the Lord will stand firm and shepherd his flock (Micah 3). Let us find peace in believing that what was spoken by the Lord will be fulfilled (Luke 1:45). And strengthened by that peace, may we share it with others.
God of peace,
you sent your Son among us to bring salvation.
In these final days of Advent,
open our eyes to see his face in every person, in every moment, and in every prayer
and lead us to the peace that only you can give.
Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions