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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.

Reflection question:

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.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120819.cfm

 

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