Don’t we all, when asked what we want for Christmas, at some time or another answer, “World peace?” As we look at our world, we still see the ongoing refugee crisis and the problem of desperate people immigrating to our country illegally. We see the ongoing war and the horror of bombing and starvation in the Middle East, and the attacks of terrorists in formerly “safe” Western countries, including our own. Don’t we wish it would all stop?
We can take some comfort in today’s readings, for in them is the promise of God’s justice and care for the poor and the downtrodden. There is the promise of justice meted out to those who do evil, and the future vision of the Peaceable Kingdom, where all are safe and cared for.
WITH ONE ACCORD
We are confronted today by the problem of division: our divided world, our divided country, our divided Church. Anger and hostility pit brothers and sisters against one another, each sure that their ideas are right and the others are doomed to hell. Not since the Civil War have we seen our country so divided, nor since World War II have we seen such problems and strife over refugees in Europe and in our own country. Christians are divided and view each other with suspicion and hostility. Yet this is not the way of God.
WITH A LITTLE CHILD TO GUIDE THEM
The words of peace and salvation are here in this time of Advent. Jews and Gentiles alike will glorify God for the mercy that God has shown. Those who are oppressed shall find hope and love. “For [God] shall rescue the poor when he cries out, / and the afflicted when he has no one to help . . . / [God] shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; / the lives of the poor [God] shall save” (Psalm 72:12–13).
The poor have hope in God, while the wicked who oppress them should fear God’s judgment. “[God] shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, / and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.” And, “[God] shall judge the poor with justice, / and decide aright for the land’s afflicted” (Isaiah 11:4).
Yes, this Advent season we await the coming of a little child who will be the savior of the world. “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another…that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5–6).
Today’s Readings: Is 11:1–10; Ps 72:1–2, 7–8, 12–13, 17; Rom 15:4–9; Mt 3:1–12
Also in this bulletin:
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration begins this week
- Second Sunday of Advent
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception – A Holy Day of Obligation – Dec. 8
- Advent Wreath Prayers
- Raider Boosters Raffle Tickets
- 2nd Collection for retired religious in the US
- Scouts hold fundraiser at mass
- CPBC Christmas Party is Dec. 8
- Season of Hope Support Group to meet again Dec. 5