Second Sunday of Advent: Peace
Inner peace and our peace with others. Inner peace begins with a relationship and trust with God. Lean towards Him and draw from his patience and wisdom as we take each step. Choosing to trust God will take us down the road to inner peace. Peace with others begins as we understand that God has called us to be peacemakers in our world. We can help bring peace to our world one heart at a time. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:7
Being A Safe Place For Others
All the great saints in history about whom I have read have been people who were so passionately in love with God that they were completely free to love other people in a deep, affective way, without any strings attached. True charity is gratuitous love, a love that gives gratuitously and receives gratuitously. It is following the first commandment that asks us to give everything we have to God and that makes the second commandment truly possible.
We are touching here on the source of much of the suffering in our contemporary society. We have such a need for love that we often expect from our fellow human beings something that only God can give, and then we quickly end up being angry, resentful, lustful, and sometimes even violent. As soon as the first commandment is no longer truly the first, our society moves to the edge of self-destruction.