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., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.