Day 8: Second Sunday of Advent
IS 11:1-10; ROM 15:4-9; MT 3:1-12
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
Repent is not only for personal salvation and conversion achievement but also for God’s Justice and Peace truly exist. God desires God’s kingdom to be a place for everyone to love. And love one another is no longer a responsibility but rather is an act of honor and joy. It’s like Isaiah described, “The wolf, the cow and the bear shall be neighbors. Together their young shall rest.” What a beautiful life!
Justice and peace of God are like a pair of shoes in our feet. They are inseparable, necessary, beautiful and humane for all to protect us and to help us walk far together. Today we live in a world that is constantly threatened by violence, discrimination and division. Wars and civilian shootings are happening every day. Cyberattacks and hatred dangerously haunt people’s lives. Politics and human life are not connected.
We need God’s Justice and Peace. It must start from each individual’s radical discernment. As St. Paul suggested, “We 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 us today.
Reflection question: What is justice and peace for you? How do you live your life to build justice and peace around you?