God envisioned a world of peace and harmony. Today this promise seems almost impossible.
We all yearn for peace. We pray for it, yet rarely get it. Jesus reminds us today that God’s promise of peace is fulfilled in him. The more we imitate him, the more the world becomes a better place to live. We are all instruments of peace.
If our families are at peace, there will be a ripple effect that will go out into the world. Especially during this Advent season, make an extra effort to be a sign of God’s Kingdom of Peace.
After dinner tonight, sit together and write down the vision you have for your own “family of peace.” Place it on your refrigerator so each member of your family is frequently reminded of their responsibility.
I pray that you and your family follow Pope Francis’ call to look outside yourself and live out God’s vision of peace.
Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C. serves as the International Director of Holy Cross Family Ministries. Prior to his ordination Father Pinto received many degrees in areas ranging from Political Science to Theology. Ordained a priest in 1999, he served as a parish priest, vice principal and administrator of Holy Cross School in Northeast India. Father Pinto grew up in Kerala, India with his 8 siblings. In 2010 he came to the United States for further studies, pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. If you run into him, you may hear him say, "A life well lived is a life lived for others," a mantra he strives to live by.