December 23, 2012: Fourth Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace…The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers…”
First Reading: Micah 5:1-4a
Psalm: 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“The promise of peace that runs through the entire Old Testament finds its fulfillment in the very person of Jesus. Peace, in fact, is the very messianic attribute par excellence, in which all other beneficial effects of salvation are included. The Hebrew word “shalom” expresses fullness of meaning in its etymological sense of “completeness”…The kingdom of the Messiah is precisely the kingdom of peace…Jesus is our peace… He has broken down the dividing wall of hostility among people, reconciling them with God…This is the very effective simplicity with which Saint Paul indicates the radical motivation spurring Christians to undertake a life and mission of peace…” paragraph 491
How has the Lord come to you this Advent? Did pondering silence rouse your attentiveness to take care of the vine God planted? In gazing at the insignificant, a drop of rain rolling down a leaf or the white butterfly silently flying in the infinity of air did time become extraordinary? Were you able to pause for a conversation that had been on hold? Has Mass become a gift of peace instead of an obligation? When Christmas comes the promise of peace will be eternally fulfilled again to the ends of the earth. If you are blessed to believe, speak the peace, live the peace and share the peace with joy.
Lord, thank you for coming in peace to grace our lives. Help us to be faithful stewards of peace in the world.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19
As you light the last Advent candle, pause in prayerful gratitude for the blessings of Advent.
Family Reflection: Micah 5:1-4a
With the New Year approaching, what is a project the family could do to build peace in the neighborhood?
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born November 2012 The reflection maybe use in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.