Second Sunday of Advent
IS 11:1-10, ROM 15:4-9, MT 3:1-12
REPENT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the
desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
Repentance is not just for the achievement of
personal salvation, but it is also necessary for God's Justice and Peace to
truly exist. God desires God's kingdom to be a place to gather everyone and
everything together under one roof in order to care and share, and not to argue
or to fight. It's like Isaiah described, "The wolf, the cow and the bear
shall be neighbors. Together their young shall rest."
Justice and the peace of God are like a pair of
shoes on our feet. They are beautiful and necessary for everyone; they protect
us and help us walk far together. Today we live in the world that is constantly
threatened by violence, discrimination and division. Wars and civilian
shootings are happening every day. Cyberattacks and hatred are disturbing
people's sense of security. Politics and human life are not connected.
We need God's Justice and Peace. It must start
with each individual's radical discernment inspired by today’s second Reading:
"welcome one another as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God."
Our God is "the God of endurance and encouragement." Let us keep trying
to do good deeds and be kind to one another. Let us encourage one another to
build true peace and justice among ourselves today.
What is justice and peace for you? How do you
live your life to build justice and peace around you?
Fr. Tat Hoang, C.Ss.R.