by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace
During this day, when we are spending time as a Pax Christi group, trying to determine how we can best live out the commitment we make when we join Pax Christi, it is very clear that our Scripture lessons provide us with very important ideas and important things for us to reflect on, think about, to become truly peacemakers, making Pax Christi the peace of Christ come about in our world.
We’re celebrating the season of Advent, of course, and I’m sure all of us remember that and realize and experience that this is a season of hope — hope for the coming of Jesus. But we also have to remember that Jesus came historically almost 2,000 years ago, and we can hardly hope for something that has already happened. So what are we hoping for? We’re hoping and looking forward to his final coming, or for those moments when he breaks into our lives in a very dramatic way, in our prayer.
We’re looking for his new coming … that final coming, when the reign of God will come in its fullness: a reign of peace and joy and justice, love, fullness of life for everyone, for all of creation. These lessons teach us not only to hope for that coming, but also that now, since he came 2,000 years ago and we’re going to remember and celebrate that, we also are preparing — and must prepare for — that final coming, for the reign of God….
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